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Tri-community Rosie Exhibit Accepting Donations and Loans


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The Belleville Area Museum will debut a Tri-Community Rosies Exhibit in June 2018 and we would love to hear about your family Rosie. We will be taking-in loans and donations for the exhibit from April 12 through May 25. Museum hours: Tuesday: 3-7pm, Monday, Wednesday through Friday: noon-4pm.

The museum will provide poster boards for the making of Rosie collages. These will be featured on our new exhibit panels which were made possible through a grant by the Van Buren Civic Fund.

Women who worked during WWII, the “We Can Do It” generation, have become an important role model for follow-on generations. Rosies proved that women could tackle a wide variety of jobs in the workplace and do as well, and in many cases, even better than men.

We are looking for women who not only worked in factories such as Willow Run but also those who served as nurses, tended to victory gardens, and any women who entered into a field or workplace that was previously dominated by men.

Our exhibit will be broken down into categories some of which are set forth by the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA). We will also have applications to join this wonderful organization on hand for those who are interested. Read below and see what category describes you or your family member best.

Rosie: Any woman who was employed in an industry or agency that was directly related to the war effort OR who was employed in a capacity usually held by a man, thus releasing a man for military duty. This includes self-employment, such as farming.

Volunteer Rosie: Any woman who participated on a sustained basis in one or more volunteer activities related to the war effort (examples: collecting critical materials, growing a Victory Garden, working at a USO).

Rosebud: Any female who is the direct descendant of a Rosie or a Volunteer Rosie.

Rivet (Auxiliary Member): Any male who is the direct descendant or spouse of a Rosie, Volunteer Rosie, or Rosebud.

21st Century Rosie: A woman who currently works or has retired in a job that prior to WW II was considered “man’s work”. Example: plumber, machinist, police officer, politician, pilot.

For further information contact Director Katie Dallos at 734-697-1944, email: kdallos@provide.net, or send a FB message to Katie theBam Dallos.

We look forward to honoring our Original Rosies of the Tri-Community! Thank you for your help.