We Can Do It! WWII: Traveling Exhibit

The We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibition will visit 18 cultural institutions throughout Western Pa. over the next three years, opening at the Beaver Area Heritage Museum from April 22 through June 11. 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. Each of sites will host the 500-square foot exhibit for approximately six weeks.

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.

History Center Affiliate Program institutions are encouraged to display WWII-related items from their collections as part of the exhibit, which includes artifacts, previously unseen photographs, and large museum panels highlighting Western Pa.’s contributions to WWII.

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

  • General George C. Marshall
  • Tuskegee Airman Lt. Carl J. Woods
  • Iwo Jima hero Sgt. Michael Strank
  • The Westinghouse Company-inspired Rosie the Riveter
We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibit
History Center: Exhibit Sponsors

Erie Insurance

The Eberly Foundation

IMLS

Photo Gallery

We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibition
We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibition
We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibition
We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibition

April 22 – June 11, 2017

Beaver Area Heritage Museum
in partnership with Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation, and, Beaver County History Coalition (Beaver County)

June 17 – August 8, 2017

Butler County Historical Society
in partnership with the Historic Harmony Museum and Slippery Rock Heritage Association (Butler County)

August 12 – November 28, 2017

Erie County Historical Society (Erie County)

January 27 – March 20, 2018

McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center
in partnership with the Allegheny Foothills Historical Society, Plum Boro Community Library, and Whitehall Public Library (Allegheny County, East)

March 24 – May 22, 2018

Fayette County Historical Society
in partnership with the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation, Community Foundation of Fayette County, Fayette County Cultural Trust, and the Connellsville Canteen (Fayette County)

May 26 – July 24, 2018

Ohio County Public Library (Ohio County, Wheeling, WV)
in partnership with the Cockayne Farmstead Historic Preservation Committee, West Liberty University, and Wetzel County Museum

July 28 – October 2, 2018

Jefferson County History Center (Jefferson County)

October 6 – November 27, 2018

Bedford County Historical Society (Bedford County)

December 1 – January 29, 2019

The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon
in partnership with the Baldwin Historical Society, Bethel Park Historical Society, Brentwood Historical Society, Bridgeville Area Historical Society, Dormont Historical Society, Green Tree Historical Society, the Historical Society of Upper St Clair, and Whitehall Public Library (Allegheny County, South)

February 2 – March 26, 2019

West Overton Village
in partnership with the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College and Delmont Public Library (Westmoreland County)

March 30 – May 21, 2019

Lawrence County Historical Society
in partnership with Wampum Community Revitalization and the Ellwood City Area Historical Society (Lawrence and Beaver Counties)

May 25 – July 16, 2019

Blair County Historical Society
in partnership with the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum (Blair County)

July 20 – September 17, 2019

Somerset Historical Center
in partnership with the Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society (Somerset County)

September 21 – November 19, 2019

Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls
in partnership with the Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum, and, Beaver County History Coalition (Beaver County)

February 1 – April 7, 2020

Donora Historical Society & Smog Museum
in partnership with the Donora Public Library, Charleroi Area Historical Society, Greater Monessen Historical Society, and Monongahela Area Historical Society (Washington and Westmoreland Counties)