Evansville Wartime Museum celebrates fifth-year anniversary

Evansville Wartime Museum celebrates fifth-year anniversary
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 7:20 AM CDT|Updated: May. 28, 2022 at 11:03 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Wartime Museum works to educate people on the sacrifices the area made during times of war. To honor Memorial Day, and to celebrate its fifth anniversary, museum officials decided to help some local history buffs take to the skies.

A birds-eye view of downtown Evansville was available to those who made a special donation to the museum. To further entice history buffs, the flights were made in historic planes.

It was all part of the Evansville Wartime Museum’s special event both to honor Memorial Day and to celebrate its five-year anniversary.

Tour guides took people through the museum, a living camp showed the conditions during World War II and Vietnam, a crafts table kept the attention of some of the younger museum-goers, and there was even food.

Museum officials say they work to educate people on the sacrifices the area made during times of war.

“We don’t want people to forget the contribution that Evansville made during World War II, that’s the whole mission of this museum,” said Museum Events Committee Chair Dona Bone. “Not only on the battlefields with our veterans, but here in Evansville at the factories producing over 300 different kinds of items for the military that helped us win that war.”

None of the day’s flights would have been possible without pilots, all of whom were volunteers. They say they’re eager to show off the historic planes.

“It’s pretty incredible to be able to keep them flying and to share it with other people,” said pilot and Evansville P-47 Foundation member Fritz Prehn.

Illustrating the area’s history of aviation is Hoosier Spirit II, a P-47 airplane the museum is currently displaying. During World War II, Evansville produced 6,242 P-47 aircraft, and Hoosier Spirit II was one of the last ones.

Event organizers say one of their goals for the event was to bring history to life for those who came. They say that can go a long way in helping people want to learn more.

“They need to come out here, more people need to come out here and see this, they get more excited,” said veteran Don Reising, who was visiting the museum.

Museum officials say they have big things on the way for the museum, so they’re hoping the event left people eager to come back.

If you missed out on all the fun, don’t worry. The Evansville Wartime Museum is going to have other events coming up this summer.

Click here to read the full list of upcoming events.

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