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#029-16 Naval Academy Museum Announces New "Ability, Not Gender" Exhibit

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:59 PM by mediarelations@usna.edu

The new exhibit “Ability, Not Gender" will open Thursday, June 30, and will be on display at the Naval Academy Museum through May 31, 2017, to commemorate 40 years of women in the Brigade of Midshipmen.

On Induction Day in 1976, 81 women out of 1,300 inductees arrived at the Naval Academy, composing the first co-educational class in its history. “Ability, Not Gender” explores the history as well as current experiences of female midshipmen. It focuses on the social, academic, athletic, and military challenges and achievements of Naval Academy women. The exhibit highlights the strength, determination, and characteristics they upheld within those four themes. More than 50 items will be on display to represent each theme and era, including uniforms, letters, sports and academic memorabilia. It also includes a memorial wall.

“We wanted to tell the story the right way, so we met with representatives from nearly all of the 40 classes very early in the process,” said project lead and Museum Curator Tracie Logan. “Based on their collective input we were able to be more comprehensive than we might have been otherwise. In a way, this is the first time we’ve crowd-sourced exhibit concepts.”

To add to the experience, QR-Codes linked to first-person accounts will be available at the exhibit as well as on the museum website (http://www.usna.edu/Museum/AbilityNotGender/Stories/index.php). These codes can be scanned via visitors’ own smartphones and provide audio for each display.

“This exhibit is part of the museum’s new rotating schedule in the Cheevers Gallery focusing on various themes in naval history,” said Museum Director Claude Berube. “Last year the museum focused on the history of naval ideas with Warrior Writers: The U.S. Naval Institute exhibit. This year it is an aspect of the Academy’s history. Next year the museum will commemorate the centennial of Navy and Marine Corps operations in the First World War.”

The Naval Academy Museum is open 362 days a year (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit http://www.usna.edu/Museum/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/usnamuseum.

For more information about the Naval Academy, please see www.usna.edu or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USNavalAcademy


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