As the nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of World War II, West Overton Village and Museums will host a traveling exhibition, We Can Do It! WWII. The 500-square foot exhibit, created by the Senator John Heinz History Center, will be on display from February 9 to March 26, 2019.
An opening reception will be held in the distillery museum on Saturday, February 9, from 3-6pm. Admission is $10 and includes two complimentary adult drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets can be purchased at our website or by calling the number provided, or at the door.
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.
To complement the traveling exhibit, West Overton has partnered with Brew: The Museum of Beer, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, and several other local museums to curate an exhibit that explores southwestern Pennsylvania’s home front during the war. Visitors will learn the war’s impact on local coal, distilling, and brewing industries; the value of rationing, scrapping, and buying war bonds; and listen to oral interviews with local home front soldiers.
The traveling exhibit will end on March 26, but West Overton’s exhibit will be on display until October 31, 2019.
For questions or more information, contact Aaron Hollis, Director of Education, 724-887-7910 ext. 1001.