The MAPS Air Museum will open a temporary, traveling exhibit “Military Mapping Maidens,” starting Sunday, May 8, 2022. This exhibit features the story of 224 young women who were recruited by the Army Map Service in 1943 to research and draw maps by hand for the Allied war effort in World War II.
The exhibit is narrated through the personal experiences of Bea Shaheen McPherson, a Kent State University alum and resident of Hartville, Ohio, who was encouraged to take a 60-credit hour course in cartography. Completion of the course, designed by pioneering female cartographer Edith Putnam Parker and taught at Kent State by Professor Edna Eisen, opened the door for McPherson to apply for civil service employment with the Army Map Service, an organization which today is the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, based in Springfield, Virginia.
Exhibit available during regular business hours.