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Freeman Army Air Field Museum Highlights Women Who Served in New Exhibit 

 

The Freeman Army Air Field Museum's exhibit WACs, WASPS, and WAFs: Women Who Served boasts a new addition. Former museum president and current board member Pat Brod recently obtained and donated an authentic and rare World War II nurse officer's uniform. Ms Brod also contributed the mannequin on which it is displayed. The uniform is the same type worn by Rosemary Clooney in the popular movie "White Christmas." The nurse's uniform is the latest addition to the Museum's women's exhibit, which includes memorebelia from local residents and women who served as pilots, nurses, instructors and other positions during the war.

 

The Museum now showcases several examples of authentic World War II uniforms such as styles worn in the Pacific, cadet uniforms worn at Freeman Field and even a uniform that belonged to Captain Freeman himself throughout the building. In addition to Ms Brod's generous donation which showcases a women's uniform, the museum recently purchased several mannequins thanks to a grant.

 

The Museum also features exhibits and artifacts focusing on many different aspects of Freeman Army Air Field from personal artifacts to a collection of photos and papers describing the Tuskegee Airmen whose brief time at the base ultimately resulted in the desegregation of the United States military. These include its wartime mission as a training facility for multi-engine pilots and the post-war period as an evaluation center for foreign aircraft. Civilians who contributed to the war effort are also represented and honored.

 

For more information, please call 812.522.2031 or email bonnyegood@frontier.com. The Freeman Army Air Field Museum is open each Saturday (excepting national holidays) from 9 am to 12 pm and by appointment.

 

Photo caption: Pat Brod stands near the authentic World War II nurse officer's uniform and mannequin she donated to the Freeman Army Air Field Museum.

 

 

Board Awards Grants  

The Board of Directors of the Jackson County Visitor Center recently awarded developmental grants to five county organizations, totaling $20,000.  

Those receiving grants were the Brownstown Heritage Park; Freetown Pershing Township Museum; Jackson County History Center; Joe Jackson Hotel and Seymour Youth League.   

Projects include: 

*  A multi-purpose stage for the Brownstown Heritage Park ($2,500) 

*  The expansion of the Freetown Pershing Township Museum ($1,000) 

*  Repairs to buildings at the Jackson County History Center ($2,500) 

*  Septic system for Joe Jackson Hotel in Vallonia ($5,000) 

*  Enclosed dug-outs and batting cage addition to Seymour’s Kasting Park via the Seymour Youth League. ($9,000)  

The developmental grants were eestablished to offer 1:1 funding match assistance to not-for-profit groups; a city, county or public organization; tourism related business; or an organizational combination thereof for new projects or enhancements designed to have a direct impact on Jackson County and tourism.    

Developmental grant checks will be presented at the June 3 board meeting of the Jackson County Visitor Center Board of Directors.   

For information about the Jackson County Visitor Center, call 812-524-1914 and visit www.jacksoncountyin.com.