Author to Speak on Lesser-Known Aspects of World War II at Eldred Museum

The Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center will welcome Jan Jarboe Russell, author of “The Train to Crystal City,” to speak today on the lesser-known aspects of the war in honor of Memorial Day. At 2 p.m. in Mitchell Paige Hall at the museum, located at 201 Main St., Eldred, Russell will speak about her book, which tells the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR Approved American Internment Camp in Texas during World War II. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Back in time: Performers gear up for USO show to mark end of World War II

A cozy living room in Limestone was recently reeled back in time to a 1940s’ USO canteen when several performers rehearsed World War II-era songs for the upcoming “70 Years of Red, White and Blue for World War II” show. The performance will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 30 in the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Proceeds will benefit the Eldred World War II Museum and McKean County Historical Society in Smethport. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Author Jan Jarboe Russell – Never Before Told Stories of WWII

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 the Eldred WWII Museum will welcome Jan Jarboe Russell, author of "The Train to Crystal City"; FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During WWII. The author will speak at 2:00 p.m. in Mitchell Paige Hall at the Museum. The book tells the dramatic and never before told story of a secret FDR Approved American Internment Camp in Texas during WWII, where thousands of families - many US citizens - were incarcerated. During WWII, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Cryst...
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Appleby to Present Program on World War II

The Eldred World War II Museum is coming to the Bradford Library. The Museum’s director, Steve Appleby, will present a public program at the Bradford Area Public Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday, featuring a number of artifacts from the collections at the facility. Included will be some stock items carried by infantrymen and sailors, but the emphasis will be on personal items which the men carried as they risked their lives during the war. “I like to show the personal things, such as the so-called ‘trench art’ that people drew on their belongings,” said Appleby. “It’s a good reminder that the ...
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Red, White and Blue USO-Type Show at Pitt-Bradford to Mark 70 Years Since World War II

Since 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the McKean County Historical Society and Eldred World War II Museum have teamed up to present “70 Years of the Red, White and Blue for World War II,” a USO-type show, along with a USO-type canteen, at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at the Bromeley Family Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. For the past several months, a sub-committee, co-chaired by Roger Alexis, immediate past-president of the county historical society, and Steve Appleby, director of the Eldred World War II Museum, has been meeting to plan the show, which ...
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Heroic Battle: McElfresh to Talk About Father’s World War II Action in Eldred

As with many baby boomers, Earl McElfresh didn’t learn of his father’s heroic acts in World War II until he was grown. The story that most impressed McElfresh about his late father, Lt. John M. McElfresh, occurred on Oct. 25, 1944, the date of his most heroic action during the Leyte Gulf Battle which was the greatest naval engagement of World War II. McElfresh, of Olean, N.Y., will give a presentation on the battle — and his father’s role in it — at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eldred World War II Museum in Eldred. Read more from The Bradford Era
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Eldred World War II Museum to Hold Memorial Day Festivities

The Eldred World War II Museum will open a new Holocaust Room on Memorial Day, among other activities, officials said. The opening of the room will coincide with Eldred’s Memorial Day parade, which is slated to begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street. At 2 p.m. at the museum, Joseph Krygier, co-author of “A Rage to Live – Surviving the Holocaust So Hitler Would Not Win,” will speak. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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