New Exhibit to be Previewed at Marconi Maritime Center Annual Meeting

COURTESY OF THE CHATHAM MARCONI MARITIME CENTER

CHATHAM – An update on the status of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and a preview of this year’s special exhibit will be presented at the center’s annual meeting early next month.

The meeting at the Chatham Community Center Saturday, June 3 begins with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. before the business meeting starts at 10 a.m.

Following the meeting, attendees can head to the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum on Route 28 for a sneak peak of the exhibit “Breaking Barriers: The Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II.”

During the war, more than 1,000 young women left their homes and families to serve as military pilots. Although they were classified as “civilians,” the pilots carried out dangerous missions and flew the country’s most advanced military aircraft.

Steve Emery, who spearheaded the development of the exhibit, will outline the Women Air Force Service Pilots accomplishments.

The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center was founded in 2002 and features a 10-building campus which comprised the former Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station, which was once the busiest ship-to-shore station on the East Coast and a significant military installation during World War II.

The Operations Building houses the museum which offers interactive exhibits tracing the story of wireless communication in Chatham.

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