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Soldiers in World War II

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) Remembering America’s history and honoring those who served our country is an important duty of American citizens. The USS Silversides Submarine and Military Museum and Muskegon Community College are partnering this fall to shed light on some of our nation’s greatest conflicts.

The Civil Air Patrol Exhibit tells the story of the patrol that was formed by volunteers about a week before Pearl Harbor. They were an auxiliary for the Air Force and performed flights looking for U-boat and Japanese submarines. They were actually responsible for sinking a German submarine that was off the coast of New Jersey. The Civil Air Patrol is still active.

Civil Air Patrol Exhibit
Opens Saturday, September 13
Opening  ceremonies 1:15 p.m.

The Civil War and Gettysburg Lecture Series focuses on the social, political, and economic environment that led to the Civil War. It culminates with a trip to the Gettysburg battlefields. It is an all-inclusive weekend with experts who will guide participants through the history of the area.

Civil War & Gettysburg Lecture Series
Opens Monday, September 15
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The World War I Lecture Series marks the 100th anniversary of World War I. People are coming from around the country to speak at the lecture series.

World War I Lecture Series
Opens Saturday, October 4
1 p.m.

In November, a temporary exhibit opens on Nurses in the Army during World War II. The exhibit highlights four nurses who went through training at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon. One of them was interviewed for the exhibit, at nearly 100 years old.

Women in the Military, Army Corp of Nurses
Opens Sunday, November 2
1 p.m.

The lectures are only $5 or free with a museum membership. The museum offers a variety of membership packages that provide access to the museum’s year-round rotation of exhibits. For information, visit their website.

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