DANA, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Admission to the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana, Ind., will be free for the remainder of 2021, the Friends of Ernie Pyle Development Fund, Inc., announced in a news release Wednesday.
The free admission, according to the release, was made possible through a contract between The Friends of Ernie Pyle and Helt Township. In the past, the contract allowed for all Helt Township residents to visit the museum for free, but free entry is now being extended to all visitors.
“This removes cost as an obstacle for interested visitors to enjoy the museum and learn more about World War II’s preeminent war correspondent and the generation of Americans whom he interviewed,” Steve Key, president of the Friends of Ernie Pyle, said. “We thank Helt Township Trustee Kevin Wickens and the Township Board for making this happen.”
The free admission, according to the release, has already gone into effect and will last throughout 2021.
“The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum and Helt Township are most fortunate to have such a hardworking group as The Friends of Ernie Pyle,” Wickens said. “The Township is privileged to help the Friends with their mission.”
The Friends of Ernie Pyle is a non-profit organization and has operated the museum since 2011 when the Indiana Department of Natural Resources decided to decommission the historic site. The museum features a farmhouse, built in 1851, where Ernie was born and two huts containing exhibits and theatres that display Pyle’s writing from World War II.