posted September 1, 2011

Library Display Highlights Lives of Local Women During World War II

Now through Wednesday, Sept. 7, Hope College's Van Wylen Library is hosting a display which tells about the lives of local women during World War II. 

Titled, "War Women: The role of women in Holland, Michigan during World War II," the exhibit and accompanying website ( were the work of Hannah Boehme, a senior from Flat Rock majoring in history and religion at Hope. 

The public is invited to the exhibition.  Admission is free.  

Boehme's project centers on the Fafnir Bearing factory and Fanna Dokter - its first female employee - as well as women at Hope College and the role played by Reformed Church in American and Christian Reformed Church congregations during the war years. Based on the collections of the Holland Museum, Herrick Library and Joint Archives of Holland, the project was supported by the department of history's Pagenkopf Research Scholarship, given thanks to the generosity of 1992 Hope graduate Kristin Pagenkopf and her husband Michael of Chicago, Ill.  

Boehme is a graduate of Lutheran High School in Racine, Wis., and holds the Presidential Scholarship at Hope. She plans to pursue a career in museum work.  

The Van Wylen Library is located at 53 Graves Place (11th Street), between 10th and 12th streets on College Avenue.  The library is open on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to midnight; on Friday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 pm.; on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Sunday, Sept. 4, from noon to midnight; and on Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 5-7, from 8 a.m. to midnight.