Coming Soon: Lake Michigan's Call to Duty

New Exhibit Opening April 22nd, 2017:

 Lake Michigan's Call to Duty


Fatal Crossing: The Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501

Lake Michigan's Call to Duty:


After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States found itself suddenly plunged into what would become a second world war. In response, the nation undertook the greatest industrial, social, and military mobilization the world has ever witnessed, and Lake Michigan played a critical role in its call to duty. Palatial Great Lakes passenger steamers became aircraft carriers working off Chicago to train desperately needed Navy and Marine pilots. Shipbuilders began turning out essential submarines, minesweepers, sub chasers, and tugs for the Army and Navy. Sailors transported iron ore, stone, and coal for use in the steel industry. Civilians replaced Coast Guard personnel called to military duty. And, commercial fishermen provided necessary food for the troops. This exhibit highlights this vast mobilization for war embraced by the Lake Michigan region.

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 Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501:

See for yourself evidence of the traumatic plane crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501, which resulted in the loss of many lives. This exhibition was created by Lafferty Van Heest and Associates, in collaboration with the Michigan Maritime Museum and the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association. This is an exhibit that is not to be missed!


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