The Eldred World War II Museum
The Eldred World War II Museum is located in Eldred, Pennsylvania and offers a number of exhibits, events, and programs that preserve the history of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvanians during World War II. There was a munitions plant, the National Munitions Company, operated in Eldred during World War II that supplied bombs, grenades, and mortar shells for American armed forces. The World War II Museum was established May 1996 and has continually grown over the years from taking up one room to encompassing a three-story building
Backstory and Context
The museum operates a number of educational programs that focus on the history of women, the home front, Native Americans and other diverse soldiers, and local history. The museum also covers the military and political history of the war with their extensive library and permanent exhibits.The museum was largely funded by Thomas Rhoudebush, a Kansas businessman whose father owned the land on which the National Munitions Company operated. The museum welcomes around 8,000 visitors per year from Pennsylvania and its surrounding states. It is also free for schools to tour the museum.
Attractions within the museum include a library dedicated to World War II literature, various World War II mementos, hundreds of veterans' oral histories captured on digital video, and even exhibits targeted specifically towards children and their education. The museum also includes a monthly program that starts on the third Thursday of the month. Every month program begins at 7:00 pm. The museum also offers a library that offers over 8,500 volumes on World War II. The library also may have rare texts that most libraries do not have and make it easier for a researcher.
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