Emily Ruby, Curator, Heinz History Center:
If you’re from Western Pennsylvania, you’ve probably heard of the town of Apollo, as well as Moon Township, and Mars.
But during the Apollo 11 mission, Apollo was the only town in the world with that name. The town was really excited about this connection and they made a big deal about the Moon landing. They also happened to be located in Armstrong County, which gave them one more connection to the Apollo 11 mission.
So the day of the Moon landing, to celebrate, some of the firefighters from Apollo, Pa. actually traveled to Moon Township dressed as astronauts. They collected Moon soil, and they brought it back to the town of Apollo. We have that Moon soil here on display.