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About our Exhibits

Photographs, artifacts and documents tell the individual and collective stories of women in military service for America from the time of the American Revolution to the present.

On-line exhibits enable us to utilize the memorabilia in our collections donated by thousands of military women, their families and friends. Their donations breathe life into the historic record.

Visit these exhibits often. We will continue to add new ones.


On July 26, 1948, President Harry S Truman signed Executive Order 9981 mandating “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.” The ambiguous language of the Order was carefully chosen.

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During the Spanish-American War, more than 1,500 female nurses served under contract to the Army. Twenty-one of them died in the line of duty and their service led to the permanent establishment of the Army Nurse Corps in 1901.

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