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WWII Exhibit Comes to Heritage Center on Saturday

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
January 23, 2018
Posted in: Announcements

(All photos by Sarah Reck, courtesy Senator John Heinz Regional History Center)

A traveling exhibit that examines life in the Pittsburgh region during World War II is coming to McKeesport this week.

"We Can Do It: WWII," created by the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center, will be on display at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center beginning this Saturday.

Michelle Wardle-Eggers, who was recently named executive director of the McKeesport center after serving as its archivist, said the exhibit will be on display through March 20.

The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The traveling exhibit explores Western Pennsylvania’s impact on the home, industrial and battle fronts during World War II, Wardle-Eggers says.

Visitors will learn about the development of the original four-wheel-drive "jeep," which was created by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pa. Other exhibits explore the stories of Rosie the Riveter --- who was created by the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. --- as well as about local members of the so-called "Tuskegee Airmen," the first African-American bomber and fighter pilots to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

There is no admission fee to view the exhibit, Wardle-Eggers says, although donations will be accepted.

The Heritage Center is located in Renziehausen Park at 1832 Arboretum Drive. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the website at www.mckeesportheritage.com.

The traveling exhibit is wrapping up a nearly two-month stay at the Ellwood City Area Historical Society and will travel to the Fayette County Historical Society in Uniontown in March. It will later visit Wheeling, W.Va.; Bedford, Pa.; Mt. Lebanon; West Overton Village near Scottdale; New Castle, Pa.; the Altoona Railroaders' Memorial Museum; Beaver Falls, Pa.; and Donora.

More information is available at the Heinz History Center's website.

Originally published January 23, 2018.

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