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Review for MICHIGANS OWN INC, Frankenmuth, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first visited this museum in November of 1985, shortly after my uncle donated my late grandfather’s WWI uniform and medals to the museum. My grandfather was one of the 5,000 "Polar Bear" soldiers - mostly from Michigan - who had been sent to Archangel, Russia in Sept. 1918, where they ended up fighting the Bolshevik Red Army. The museum already had a number of other Polar Bear stories in its collection and I came away from that visit with a much greater understanding of my grandfather's involvement in that obscure military intervention. I would visit the museum occasionally over the next 20 years, but it wasn't until around 2005 when I became an active supporter by taking over the organizing of the annual Memorial Day service for the Polar Bears, which was sponsored by the museum. That role brought me to the museum on a more regular basis and gave me a greater understanding of its commitment to Honor, Respect and Remember those who have served our country. Around 2010 the museum's web site needed some upgrades, so I volunteered to help with that project and that eventually led to my becoming a member of the board of directors. I've found the other board members to be an impressive group of men and women who freely volunteer their time and efforts to make this museum a better institution with a sound future.

Role:  Board Member