Selfridge museum welcomes new director

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 24, 2021

 Steve Mrozek took over as director of the Selfridge Military Air Museum in Harrison Township March 1. He has previously worked at the Crocker House in Mount Clemens and the Troy Historical Society.

Steve Mrozek took over as director of the Selfridge Military Air Museum in Harrison Township March 1. He has previously worked at the Crocker House in Mount Clemens and the Troy Historical Society.

Photo provided by Selfridge Military Air Museum

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Steve Mrozek has over 20 years of experience working in historical museums across the country.

Now, the Fraser resident is the director of the Selfridge Military Air Museum in Harrison Township.

Last month, the museum announced that Mrozek was appointed to the role. He officially took over the duties as director March 1 from retired Command Sgt. Wayne Fetty.

Fetty served as director for less than a year following the death of longtime director retired Lt. Col. Lou Nigro, who died last year. Nigro served as director for 20 years. Fetty now works at the Eisenhower Veteran Care Transition Center at Selfridge.

Mrozek has previously worked as an assistant curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and a Civil War historian for the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Virginia. Locally, he has spent time with the Crocker House Museum in Mount Clemens and the Troy Historical Society. He is also a historian for the 82nd Airborne Association.

The museum is located on the grounds of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, home of the 127th Wing.

“As the name implies, it’s a military aviation-oriented museum,” he said. “It originated in 1978, and the building tells the story of Selfridge from the early days in 1917 to now.”  

Since 2013, Mrozek has also been the director of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit.

A year ago, Mrozek was furloughed and began volunteering at Selfridge.

He spent 26 years in the Army and retired from the Michigan Army National Guard in 2013 with the rank of sergeant first class. He was deployed in 2007-2008 to Afghanistan, where he worked with the U.S. Army training Afghan security forces and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.  

As director of the Selfridge Military Air Museum, Mrozek said he is responsible for the day-to-day operations and from a strategic perspective, working with the Board of Directors for future operations.  

“His depth of knowledge in military history is phenomenal,” a post on the museum’s Facebook page states.

The Selfridge museum has 32 aircraft on display, which Mrozek said are extremely rare and have been acquired through government chains.  

The museum is open weekends April-October from noon to 4:30 p.m. 

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