Ernie Pyle Museum Renamed To Attract More Visitors

The museum is being renamed "The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum." Officials hope the new name will help them attract military enthusiasts unfamiliar with Pyle.

Ernie Pyle Museum

Photo: Sara Wittmeyer

Displays at the Ernie Pyle Museum depict scenes from Pyle's columns.

A museum dedicated to World War II Columnist Ernie Pyle is getting a new name in an effort to attract more visitors.

The museum in Dana Indiana does not attract many people. So few in fact, that the state pulled out its support and transferred ownership of the site to a friends group in the fall.

The group is working to increase interest in the museum, and has officially changed the name of it from the Ernie Pyle Museum to the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum. It is a change Friends group vice president Phil Hess says is designed to attract military history enthusiasts.

“The main focus is going to be the exhibits that we have focusing on Ernie Pyle’s vantage point of WWII, ” Hess says. “His writing and his vantage point is too important for us to abandon that part.”

But there will be exhibits recognizing Dana area veterans and the region’s military contributions. The museum is open for regular hours beginning in May.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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