We Can Do It! WWII: Traveling Exhibit

The We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibition visited 18 cultural institutions throughout Western Pa. during the past three years after opening at the Beaver Area Heritage Museum in 2017. The exhibit was provided free of charge to members of the History Center Affiliates Program, a collection of more than 125 historical organizations throughout the region. Each site hosted 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


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, 2017 – June 11, 2017

Beaver Area Heritage Museum in partnership with the Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation (Beaver County)

June 17, 2017 – August 8, 2017

Butler County Historical Society

August 12, 2017 – November 28, 2017

Erie County Historical Society

December 2, 2017 – January 23, 2018

Ellwood City Area Historical Society

January 27, 2018 – March 20, 2018

McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center

March 24, 2018 – May 22, 2018

Fayette County Historical Society

May 26, 2018, – July 24, 2018

Ohio County Public Library

July 28, 2018 – October 7, 2018

California University of Pennsylvania

October 11, 2018 – November 27, 2018

Depreciation Lands Museum – exhibit in the Township of Hampton Community Center

December 1, 2018 – January 29, 2019

The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon

February 9, 2019 – March 26, 2019

West Overton Village

March 30, 2019 – May 21, 2019

Lawrence County Historical Society

May 25, 2019 – July 16, 2019

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

July 20, 2019 – September 17, 2019

Somerset Historical Center

September 21, 2019 – November 19, 2019

Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls

November 23, 2019 – January 28, 2020

Bedford County Historical Society

February 1, 2020 – April 7, 2020

Donora Public Library