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The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond at the Lorenzo Cultural Center examines the evolving role of women in the 1940s

– Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:00AM

World War II brought America Rosie the Riveter and Rosie – the icon representing millions of women who entered the workforce during the war – brought new attitudes about gender roles that continue to evolve today.  As part of its program series The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond, a series of presentations at the Lorenzo Cultural Center explore the changing role of women during the 1940s.

  • The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, March 16, 11 a.m.:  Mary Moore, who played second base for professional women’s baseball teams the Springfield Sallies and the Battle Creek Belles, explores how and why the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was founded and shares stories about her personal experiences as a player.
  • The Girls of Atomic City: Life in a Secret City of the Manhattan Project, April 21, 7 p.m.:  Best-selling author Denise Kiernan explores the a top-secret world where young women and men lived and worked surrounded by spies and secrecy, forbidden to speak of their work, even to each other, as the United States raced to develop the atomic bomb.
  • Choices Given, Choices Made: White Working-Class Women in the Postwar Era, April 22,
    11 a.m.:  Mary Patrice Erdmans, professor of sociology at Case Western Reserve University, examines the life stories of five sisters who came of age in Michigan after World War II, and how family, faith and motherhood shaped their life experiences within the larger historical context of postwar America.

The 1940s, which continues through May 7, offers nearly 40 presentations, performances and films, as well as exhibits, exploring this decade of radical transformation.  The exhibits in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall are also free to view and don’t require pre-registration to visit.  The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. School and group tours are available. 

Exhibits include A Few Good Women: Women in the Military During the Second World War, from the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame , which highlights through text, video, audio and images the contributions of Michigan women in all phases of the war effort.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), in Clinton Township. For more about The 1940s, visit

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment. Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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