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We Can Do It! WWII

World War II Vets Needed to Discuss their Experiences at Exhibit

The Donora Historical Society and Donora Public Library, in partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh, will once again be hosting a traveling exhibit –“We Can Do It! WWII.”

Starting on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and running for nine and a half weeks thru Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the exhibit will be available to the general public, school groups, and social clubs.

In anticipation for this exhibit, the Donora Historical Society is looking for WWII Veterans that would like to discuss their experiences with school students. An overview of their military career with a Q&A with the students should be expected. The veteran should feel free to bring anything that enhances the discussion. While the WWII exhibit has an enormous amount of interactive detail and the teachers will be prepped with study guides supplied by the Heinz History Center, there is nothing like that personal touch, especially since these veterans probably enlisted at an age that wasn’t too much older than the age of the visiting students. Please contact us by phone or email.

This 500 square foot traveling exhibit will be on display in the lower level Community Room at the Donora Public Library. To give it some Mid-Mon Valley flavor, the exhibit will be supplemented with Donora-related artifacts and presentations, as well as artifacts and presentations from other historical societies from neighboring Mid-Mon Valley towns. During this time, special events, presentations, and living history demonstrations will be scheduled.

We Can Do It! WWII – Looking for additional presenters
If you have an interest in WWII history, enjoy public speaking and have a subject that you would like to present, or if you are a living history re-enactor and would like to discuss your uniform and weaponry as a presentation for school students or the general public, please contact us by phone or email. While we have already started to schedule various presenters, we would be interested in hearing what you might have, providing the subject matter has a local theme to our area.

To watch the calendar of events unfold, please go out to our website and click on the “WWII Exhibit 2020” tab.

Donora Football Dragons – 1946 To 1968 – Will Be Rescheduled
Rest assured that the football event titled “Donora Football Dragons – Part Two – 1946 to 1968” that was scheduled for October 12 at the Croatian Club (Cro Club) in Donora and cancelled due to illness, will be rescheduled in 2020 on a date yet to be determined.

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Additional Info
If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”




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