Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers

Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:00pm

Elizabeth Black left a promising Pittsburgh art career to join American Red Cross efforts during World War II.

She proposed a unique project to sketch hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout Europe and send the treasured portraits to worried families back home in the United States.

This sequel explores efforts to find the correct homes for dozens of soldiers’ sketches found among the Pittsburgh artist’s memorabilia. Through detailed searches, detective work and the kindness of volunteer genealogists and other researchers, this documentary shows the fruits of their labor.

From Philadelphia to San Francisco and points in between, this travelogue features encounters with amazed and appreciative families. Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers airs April 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm on WXXI World.