Bus Tour to Explore World War II Sites of Evansville
During World War II Evansville was transformed, as major new and existing companies produced a vast amount of goods for use by the United States and its allies in their struggle against the Axis Powers, the needs of thousands of troops traveling through the City were met by citizens of Evansville, and social gathering spots provided an outlet for those living in the community.
The sites of many of these important activities will be explored in the fun and informative bus tour Answering the Call: Evansville during World War II. This 2 -hour tour will interpret over 45 important World War II sites in Evansville with a running narrative describing the historical significance of each. Participants will see the locations of important industrial plants such as the Evansville Shipyard and Republic Aviation, key service organizations including the Red Cross Canteen and USO, and hotspots such as the LST Tavern and the Blue Bar. Photographs depicting many of the locations during World War II will be shared on the bus' video screens so that participants will have a true sense of the activities that occurred in Evansville and can link these activities to present-day sites.
Leading the tour are local World War II researchers Harold Morgan and Pat Wathen and the Museum's Curator of History Thomas Lonnberg. Morgan has spoken and written extensively on Evansville's history, including his most recent publication, Home Front Warriors: Building the P-47 Thunderbolt and the LST Warship in Evansville, Indiana during World War II. Wathen worked for 28 years at The Evansville Courier in a variety of editorial roles, including managing and writing for the newspaper's coverage of World War II's 50th anniversary. He currently works in communications at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana. Lonnberg has created many exhibitions focusing on Evansville's home front history in his 24 years at the Museum and has given numerous public presentations on the topic with a special emphasis on the Evansville Shipyard.
The Museum is presenting this tour in memory of Mary Carolyn Dannettell (1924-2011). Dannettell - a longtime educator in Evansville and friend of the Evansville Museum - worked at both Chrysler and the Evansville Shipyard during World War II.
Join us on this tour to learn more about one of the most vibrant times in Evansville's history!
Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Departure Location: Evansville Museum Parking Lot
Fees: $10 Members
$15 Not-Yet Members
Register by: Monday, October 8
Maximum 53 people
Payment must be received on or before the registration deadline. Registration is guaranteed when payment is received. To pay by credit card, call the Museum at (812) 425-2406 during regular business hours or mail a check payable to the Evansville Museum at 411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN 47713.