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.