We Can Do It! WWII

Explore Western Pennsylvania’s incredible impact on the home, industrial, and battle fronts during World War II as part of the Heinz History Center’s traveling exhibition, We Can Do It! WWII, which returns to Pittsburgh after visiting nearly 20 cultural institutions throughout Western Pa. as part of a three-year tour.

The host sites were part of the History Center Affiliates Program, a network of more than 125 historical organizations throughout the region.

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 showcases 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

The museum has also added items from its collection to the exhibit, including the U.S. Army Air Corps jacket worn by Western Pa. native, WWII veteran, and Hollywood star Jimmy Stewart; along with a U.S. Army Signal Corps field telephone used by Martin “Gabe” Torisky of Pittsburgh while serving with the 99th “Checkerboard” Infantry Division during the famous Battle of the “Bulge” in Belgium.

The exhibit is on view in the museum’s fifth floor Barensfeld Gallery.

The We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), Eden Hall Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Hillman Family Foundations, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibit