Evansville's WWII Heritage City Designation
The American World War II Heritage City Program was developed in 2019 to recognize the historic importance of the United States' involvement in World War II. This distinction is only awarded to one city from each state or territory and Evansville, Indiana was recognized in 2022. For more information about the American World War II Heritage City Program, visit www.nps.gov/subjects/worldwarii/americanheritagecity.com.
The origin of what is now known as the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science dates back to the late nineteenth century when the Ladies Literary Club of Evansville was formed. Created with the hopes of promoting art education within the city, the organization curated the museum's first art exhibit in 1900 hosted by Willard Library. The showcase, titled "Curios Loan," hosted approximately 400 pieces including tapestries, wood carvings and porcelain pieces from China.
USS LST 325 was launched on October 27th, 1942, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and served the US Navy for almost twenty years. The ship was reactivated in 1963 and transferred to the Hellenic Navy in Greece where it served until 1999. Although this LST was not one of the 167 LSTs built at the Evansville Shipyard, it has called this area home since 2005 when it docked on the Evansville riverfront and was transformed into a military museum.
Opening May 27, 2017, The Evansville Wartime Museum was created to honor the sacrifices made in the name of freedom during World War II and to emphasize Evansville's own contributions to the war effort. Displays at the museum include a 1943 M4A4 Sherman Tank, an Evansville-built P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, numerous war relics, and captivating stories from hometown workers and battlefront soldiers.