Opening-day events include refreshments, music, World War II re-enactors, and an appearance by the Everley Sisters, a three-member harmony group that performs in the style of the 1940s classic trio, the Andrews Sisters.
A World War II Jeep, parked near a long wall of camouflage netting, greets visitors as they make their way into the Erie County Historical Society’s 12,500-square foot archive building.
A portion of the opposite wall is adorned by several original World War II posters, one of which shows U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower above a caption that reads, “Back Up Eisenhower with more GE production.”
There are helmets, equipment, uniforms, weapons, photo diaries and lifelike museum figures.
More than 700 service members from Erie County died in World War II, and Erie’s contributions to the war should not be forgotten, said George Deutsch, executive director of the Historical Society.
Northwestern and western Pennsylvania connections to World War II will be the focus of the exhibit, titled “We Can Do It,” which starts Saturday at the Historical Society’s Thomas B. Hagen History Center, 356 W. Sixth St.
The Pittsburgh-based Heinz History Center and the Historical Society are collaborating on the project, which will run through Nov. 28. About 1,500 square feet inside the Historic Society’s archive building has been set aside for the exhibit.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and veterans, and $5 for children under 12 and for tour groups.
“With all the history we do here, my personal goal is to build interest and understanding in our community, and World War II is beginning to fade,” Deutsch said. “The veterans have been dying off at a rapid rate. There are still a few around, but we don’t want to let that memory fade, especially because so many men and women from Erie served. Erie was involved on the home front, and between the war production and people being affected by rationing,…