WWI’s Doughnut Girls

On July 28, the Door County Historical Museum (DCHM) will present a program by Tom Mulinix commemorating the Salvation Army Doughnut Girls during World War I. Mulinix is a Door County resident and a long-time employee of the Salvation Army.

The first women to serve on the front lines for the U.S. Army were from The Salvation Army. They earned the nickname “Doughnut Girls” and served right alongside the “Dough Boys” in the trenches. They were commissioned as privates and issued full military garb including helmet, gas mask and a .45 caliber revolver. When rain and mud prevented food from getting delivered to the troops, these brave and ingenious women “saved the day” and ultimately helped turn the tide of the war through something as simple as a doughnut. In the process, they also helped shape history for women’s rights. In 1938, the first Friday in June was declared to be “National Doughnut Day” to honor the service of the Doughnut Girls” in WWI.

Since seating is very limited, Mulinix will give two presentations, one at 10:30 am and another at 11:30 am. He will be assisted by a Doughnut Girl who will give out doughnuts and coffee to attendees.

The DCHM is located in Sturgeon Bay at the corner of 4th and Michigan and is open 10 am – 4:30 pm daily. For more information call 920.743.5809 or email [email protected]

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