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Weekend Fundraiser Seeks Cash For Ernie Pyle Museum

The Friends of Ernie Pyle now run the museum, though many of its artifacts have been transferred to the Indiana State Museum.

Ernie Pyle Museum

Photo: Sara Wittmeyer

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

A fundraiser over the weekend sought to raise money to help preserve the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in the small town of Dana. Board member Leonard Akers says the museum, which been losing money while operated by the state, is worth preserving.

“Dana, Indiana is a very small community — only population of approximately around 400 people,” Akers says. “A lot of times people overlook the small community but if you just take the time to check things out you just might find something real interesting. And in this case I believe they would.”

The group Friends of Ernie Pyle took control of the site from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana State Museum after the state closed it temporarily in 2009.

After the state closed the museum, many of the most notable items from its collection, including Pyle’s iconic typewriter, were transferred to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

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