world war two http://wmuk.org en Pearl Harbor parachute becomes beautiful Christmas gift http://wmuk.org/post/pearl-harbor-parachute-becomes-beautiful-christmas-gift <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Christmas Eve, 1959, in a small apartment in Cleveland, Ohio, the foot pedal on Mary </span>Juratovac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Gansen’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> old treadle sewing machine was steadily being rocked forward and back, driving the belt that made the needle go up and down into the night. Some women would get fancy electric sewing machines that Christmas. Each of Mary’s two young daughters would be gifted a priceless heirloom made out a WWII parachute.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:29:00 +0000 Nancy Camden 11214 at http://wmuk.org Pearl Harbor parachute becomes beautiful Christmas gift 'A Soldier's Tale': A musical look at what it means to be a soldier http://wmuk.org/post/soldiers-tale-musical-look-what-it-means-be-soldier <p>For as long as there have been wars, there have been stories about the brave soldiers who fought in them. But what about the others? On Friday,<a href="http://www.fontanachamberarts.org/Previous-Concerts/details/52-A-Soldier-s-Tale/Kalamazoo/2013-03-15/20-00.html"> Fontana Chamber Arts</a> and the <a href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University </a>School of Music, along with WMU actors and dancers, will tell a story about a very different kind of soldier.</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:37:00 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 3110 at http://wmuk.org 'A Soldier's Tale': A musical look at what it means to be a soldier KCC students, staff to tour European world war battle sites http://wmuk.org/post/kcc-students-staff-tour-european-world-war-battle-sites <p>Most Americans go to Europe to see the sights and have a good time. But a group of students and faculty from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek will leave on a more serious mission in May. They’ll explore battlefield sites from the two world wars. One of the tour leaders, history instructor Michelle Wright, says that being there provides a “three-dimensional” perspective you can’t get from books and movies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:01:31 +0000 Andrew Robins 1521 at http://wmuk.org KCC students, staff to tour European world war battle sites