Gallery opens featuring ground breaking women of EMU

“In Her Shoes: Forging Paths at EMU” is a new exhibit that opened Thursday in the McKenny Gallery. According to a press release from the university’s Department of Communications, the exhibit will be about the paths women have forged and the barriers women have broken both at Eastern and beyond, from 1849 to the present.

“Our objective is to tell the stories of women at EMU who have achieved great things, and to enrich the experience of those who visit and are impacted by those legacies,” the group said on its blog at

The gallery features historical photographs and artifacts from EMU's history.

This newest exhibit was created as part of an assignment from a team of EMU students in the historic preservation program. From their starting point at the University Archives, they designed and built the whole exhibit themselves. Geography and geology assistant professor Nancy Bryk was involved in the process.

“The exhibit features several amazing women from the university and showcases the priceless artifacts related to their lives and times,” Bryk said in the press release.

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at 4 p.m. McKenny Gallery is located in McKenny Hall, in between the Lounge and the Academic Advising Center.

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