Rated by USA Today as one of the Top 10 “Little-Known Museums of the Country,” the Eldred WWII Museum has more to offer than just traditional artifacts. Located at 210 Main Street in Eldred, PA, it would make the perfect accompaniment to any day while traveling between golf courses.
“The Medal of Honor display continues to be the most popular section of the museum; this features a permanent display of WWII Veteran Mitchell Page, his medal and a statue honoring him,” said Steve Appleby, Museum Director. Additionally, an original WWII submarine periscope that goes through the roof of the museum tends to be a crowd pleaser.
The museum, which is no small entity, is 35,000 square feet, offering 8 large rooms for its visitors. Included in that figure is a 10,000 volume upstairs library complete with rare books and 4,000 Veterans statements. These interviews, which include both written and video statements, have been conducted over the years by Appleby and his associates.
Golfers may find it interesting that the museum offers an interesting book called, “When the War Played Through.” Through reading, Appleby found that there were many interesting rules at several golf courses; players were allowed to adjust their ball because of shrapnel, or, if they were under attack. “We’re used to regular obstructions on the course … imagine what it must have been like to have bombs and craters to dodge,” said Appleby
Founded in 1996 by Tim Roudebush, the museum was originally created to honor the women who worked at the local ammunition plant that built explosives. “Out of 1,500 workers, 95 percent of them were women,” said Appleby. Roudebush decided they needed something in Eldred to honor them for their services.
“Today, our big thing is to teach kids about the war. It’s not long being elaborated on in the classroom anymore, and it’s an important piece of history. I’d have to say that’s our main focus,” continued Appleby.
Check out the museum on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011, and receive free admission to help celebrate this national holiday. For more information, visit the museum online at www.Eldredwwiimuseum.org, or call 814-225-2220. Tour groups and field trips are always welcome.