We Can Do It! WWII: Traveling Exhibit

As the nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, the Butler County Historical Society will host a new traveling exhibition, We Can Do It! WWII, sponsored by Erie Insurance, The Eberly Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The 500-square foot exhibit, created by the Senator John Heinz History Center for its Affiliate Program members, will be on display from June 17 – Aug. 6, 2017, in the Senator Walter Lowrie House, 123 West Diamond Street in Butler.  Open Wednesdays 10-4, Thurs & Fridays 12–7, Saturdays & Sundays 11-3.  Free Admission.

The We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibit explores Western Pennsylvania’s incredible impact on the home, industrial, and battle fronts during World War II.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the development of the jeep, a uniquely American invention produced by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pa., and hear the stories behind Rosie the Riveter and the local Tuskegee Airmen whose contributions helped to turn the tide of the war. 

The exhibit will showcase four lifelike museum figures of local WWII heroes: 

  • General George C. Marshall
  • Tuskegee Airman Lt. Carl J. Woods from Mars, PA
  • Iwo Jima hero Sgt. Michael Strank, of Conemaugh, PA
  • The Westinghouse Company-inspired Rosie the Riveter

Local items of interest from Butler County soldiers and industry will be on display with the traveling exhibit, as the Butler County Historical Society partners with the Slippery Rock Preservation Society.

The We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibition will visit a total of 18 cultural institutions throughout Western Pa. over the next three years. The exhibit is provided free of charge to members of the History Center Affiliates Program, a collection of more than 125 historical organizations throughout the region.

The Butler County Historical Society’s office is located at the Senator Walter Lowrie House Museum, 123 West Diamond Street, Butler, directly behind the Courthouse.  The first meetings of the Historical Society were held in 1924.  As the official Historical Society of Butler County, the Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the documents, artifacts and historical sites of Butler County’s rich heritage for the educational benefit of the public. In addition to maintaining the Senator Lowrie House, the Cooper Cabin Pioneer Homestead, and the Little Red School House, many educational programs and events are held throughout the year, while many visitors come for research and to purchase publications and gift items that are available.

The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region’s remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. The History Center and Sports Museum are located at 1212 Smallman Street in the city’s Strip District, and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center’s museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County. More information is available at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.

The We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibition is sponsored by:


The Eberly Foundation


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