Special Exhibit “Roebling in Wartime’’ To Open at Roebling Museum on May 16
The village of Roebling is famous for making the steel cables that hold up the Golden Gate Bridge – but its wire rope also held off enemy submarines and torpedoes during the world wars.
This summer, as the nation observes the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Roebling Museum will present an exhibit on the impact of the world wars on the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, its workforce and the town of Roebling.
Wire rope was integral to military weaponry, transport and defense systems: the company made millions of feet of wire for the North Sea Mine Barrage against German U-boats during World War I. During World War II Roebling produced aircraft control wire for bombers and steel anti-submarine nets, including the huge net that protected New York Harbor. Hundreds of young men from the company served in the armed forces. Their wives and mothers took their places in the Roebling mills, as women joined the company workforce in significant numbers for the first time during World War II.
The exhibit will open at the Roebling Museum on May 16th and will be open during Museum hours Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission applies $6 Adults, $5 for Seniors and children 6-12, FREE for members and children under 6
Call Roebling Museum for Information 609/499-7200
This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Roebling Museum to Honor the Contributions of Rosie the Riveter!
Join the Roebling Museum on Saturday, June 6th at 1:00pm as we honor the contributions of America’s women during times of war with a special presentation on “Rosie the Riveter.” During World War II, as men joined the armed forces, large numbers of women put on their “Rosie the Riveter” coveralls, and went to work in the mills of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company for the first time. Many of these women here in Roebling, N.J. and nationwide, won special commendations, honors and awards for the work efforts and for supporting our troops by buying war bonds.
Rosie the Riveter has been a popular American cultural icon for many years. A song of the same name was written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and was recorded by Kay Kyser’s band. J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do it” poster (mistaken for Rosie) is still popular, as is Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post cover featuring the strong, capable woman. In times of war, women are called upon to take on tasks traditionally considered men’s work and have shown themselves more than equal to the challenge. Even more difficult might have been returning to traditionally female roles once the men return home. Rosie has symbolized rising to both types of challenges.
Elizabeth Michaels’ portrayal of Rosie the Riveter shows the characteristic strength and grace under pressure for which this American archetype is famous. This self-taught actress has created a successful career and family by identifying her talents and finding ways to make her contribution.
Elizabeth Michaels began her theater career right after high school. Ms. Michaels received much of her experience with traveling theater groups and dinner theater establishments, especially the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, where she still performs. Elizabeth credits this on-the-job training with teaching her how to successfully engage an audience. Ms. Michaels’ venues include the White House Visitors Center, the National Portrait Gallery, and Morven Museum & Garden. Besides being much in demand as a paid actress, Elizabeth also volunteers in Plays for a Living, a program dedicated to creating awareness of life-threatening diseases of children and adolescents.
This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the
New Jersey Council for the Humanities,
a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This program is Produced by the American Historical Theatre.
The presentation is free but seating is limited so registration is strongly suggested. Please register on-line or call 609/499-7200