Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WMBB)– The Man in the Sea Museum has served the Bay County community for 40 years, providing hundreds of years of diving history and underwater technology.
This week they added a new exhibit featuring women in the field.
The exhibit is titled “The Women Divers Hall of Fame” and highlights the incredible heroism of women in the military.
Man in the Sea Museum president Steve Mulholland said it was important to recognize women who broke down barriers because diving has traditionally been a male-dominated field.
“We know there have been a lot of great ladies throughout their careers who have done great things, especially in the navy, and as the kids progress we want to show that this field is open to everyone,” he said.
Two Bay County women are also recognized in the exhibit.
One of them is Mary Bonnin, who was the first female master diver and currently the only female master diver to qualify in the Navy.
The other woman is Captain Marie Knafelc, who became the first qualified female doctor in submarines. She also served as the Surgeon General of the Navy’s Experimental Diving Unit.
The museum will also host a free screening of the film “To What Remains” this Memorial Day at the Grand Theater in Pier Park.
The film centers on “Project Recover” and their mission to reunite families with prisoners of war and the 80,000 soldiers on duty since World War II.
The screening will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Access is free, but you must book your ticket in advance. You can do it here.
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