New Lake County museum exhibit pays tribute to women in the military

Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military exhibit at Dunn Museum
Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military exhibit at Dunn Museum Photo credit Dunn Museum

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For centuries, women have helped to defend the nation in times of war and conflict, and now the Dunn Museum is sharing their stories in a new exhibition, “Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military.”

"Women have been an active part of the U.S. military since the American Revolution, however, their roles have grown and changed significantly since then," said Nan Buckardt, Director of Education at the Lake County Forest Preserves, which operates the Dunn Museum.

The exhibition explores women's roles as nurses, auxiliary personnel, and officers in the U.S. military through collected artifacts and stories.

“We have various uniforms, we have medals, there are journals. We had the family of a woman from Waukegan contact us with many items that she had when she was in the military and we actually have one of her flight suits on display,” Buckardt said.

Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military exhibit at Dunn Museum
Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military exhibit at Dunn Museum Photo credit Dunn Museum

The special exhibition runs through January 16, 2021, at the nationally accredited museum, a distinction held by only three percent of American museums.

Visitors can purchase timed entry tickets to the Dunn Museum online. The hours are 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.