Honoring Women Who Built and Served on the Mackinaw: Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum’s Newest Exhibit

There have been so many amazing women throughout history, that have performed some tough jobs that many would consider a man’s job.Ship 2

The Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum is honoring women that stepped it up during WWII with their newest exhibit, “The Women of the Mackinaw; those who built, those who served.” 

If we go back in history, many women had to take on jobs that were traditionally done by men. This was because there was a lack of laborers during WWII.

This new exhibit will be honoring the women of the Toledo, Ohio region who have helped build The Mackinaw ship. You’ll find many artifacts, photos, and authentic uniforms on display from the women who actually helped build the ship. The exhibit also highlights the women who served on board the ship all the way from 1991 – to now. Many of these females are of high-rank positions and are being spotlighted in the exhibit.

The Cheboygan and Emmet County Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association have a big part in this exhibit. They are a local group of women whose mission is to preserve, honor and educate people about the efforts of the women during WWII. These women collect and share stories, maintain the National Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden, and even dress the part! Angie Morthland and Linda Rogers are retired school teachers that really enjoy history and volunteer at the exhibit, and many other events and projects, to help keep the history alive and share their expert knowledge on women’s history!

The museum was also donated a six-foot-long, exact replica model of The Mackinaw ship by a gentleman who had visited 10 years ago!

For more information on the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, CLICK HERE.

For more information on the Cheboygan and Emmet County Chapter, CLICK HERE.

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