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The Donora Historical Society, in partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh and the Donora Public Library, has been hosting a traveling exhibit – “We Can Do It! WWII” since February 1, 2020.

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From Historical Exhibit "We Can Do It - WW II"

The exhibit was expected to last until April 7 and then de-installed that week to return back to Pittsburgh, but as everyone knows a lot has happened since then. On March 14, the Library had to close due to the coronavirus. The last event that we held was that day – the Women’s WWII Fashion Tea. At the same time, the Heinz History Center also closed their doors meaning that the WWII Exhibit is still in Donora. If you wanted to see the exhibit, but never got the chance, now will be the time to visit. We do not have a de-install date as of this writing so the exhibit is still available to see until at least the end of August. It’s best to call the Donora Library or check our website before you visit to check the status.

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, and is dedicated to all who answered their country's call and devoted their time, their money, and their lives to the cause of freedom. The exhibit's modular displays will cover a variety of topics, all told from the Western Pennsylvania perspective. Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the development of the jeep produced by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, hear stories behind Rosie the Riveter, Tuskegee Airmen Carl Woods from Homewood, General George Marshall from Uniontown, Iwo Jimo hero Michael Strank from Johnstown, and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Paige from Charleroi. The one thing that makes this exhibit different is the addition of audio and video recordings that run as part of the modular displays.

As the community moves into the “green phase” of the virus, the Donora Public Library has reopened with different hours. They are now open from Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There are no weekend hours at this time. They will be enforcing strict CDC guidelines with facemasks, etc. Please contact them at 724-379-7940 to arrange your visit or stop at the front desk.

Please check our website and click on “WWII Exhibit 2020” to get updates on the status of the exhibit, the progress we made with the events that were held and the remaining three events that were postponed. These events, namely the “An Afternoon with Holocaust survivor - Judah Samet,” Veterans Breakfast Club breakfast and the “Portraits for the Homefront” documentary have not been rescheduled yet.

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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