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New Exhibit Explores Life in Region During World War II

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
January 29, 2018
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

UPDATE: Corrected to fix identification of two people.

Above: JoAnne Rodgers of McKeesport, a board member at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, looks over an exhibit about the role of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American bomber and fighter pilots who trained at Alabama's Tuskegee Institute. (Vickie Babyak photo special to Tube City Almanac)

A traveling exhibit exploring life in Western Pennsylvania during World War II opened on Saturday at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

"We Can Do It: WWII" was created by Pittsburgh's Senator John Heinz Regional History Center. It will remain on display at the McKeesport museum through March 20.

The Heritage Center, located in Renziehausen Park at 1832 Arboretum Drive, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

More photos from Saturday's opening can be found below.

Admission to the exhibit is free. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit www.mckeesportheritage.org.

Joan Zuga, Gertie Kepich and Laurie Gray, all of McKeesport, strike a pose next to an exhibit about the real-life inspiration for "Rosie the Riveter." The famous "We Can Do It" war information poster was created by an artist working for Pittsburgh's Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co.

Anne Bell of McKeesport, a volunteer with the museum; Carol Himich of McKeesport; and Vince McKeeta of White Oak look over some artifacts.*

Regis Donnelly and son Christian, 13, of White Oak, read about Gen. George C. Marshall, the Uniontown, Pa., native who served as chief of staff for President Franklin Roosevelt and helped to lead the reconstruction and mobilization of America's armed forces after the Great Depression.

Other visitors on Saturday included Mark Wilhelm and son, Ethan, 10, of White Oak.

Joe Gaichie of McKeesport works on research.

* CORRECTION: As originally posted, this article misidentified Bell and Himich. We apologize for the errors.

All photos: Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac. To purchase or reprint any photo, contact Vickie at vbabyak@yahoo.com.

Originally published January 29, 2018.

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