Ernie Pyle organization plans fundraiser

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Noted actor Rick Plummer and the Crosley Radio Players will celebrate the life and times of World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle in a presentation May 19 near Terre Haute.

The fundraising event is sponsored and hosted by the Friends of Ernie Pyle, owner and operator of the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana, Pyle’s hometown.

Proceeds will go toward continued operation of the museum.

Ernie Pyle museum fundraiser

When: 7 to 9 p.m. EDT May 19

Where: South Vermillion High School auditorium, 770 W. Wildcat Dr., Clinton, just west of Indiana 63

Entertainment: One-man drama, “Live from the Front: Byline Ernie Pyle,” starring actor Rick Plummer; and the Crosley Radio Players, a popular Terre Haute-based troop that recreates the golden age of radio

Tickets: $10; available at the door or at a number of Wabash Valley locations

Information: president@erniepyle.org, (765) 665-3633 or www.erniepyle.org

The two-hour, two-part program will begin at 7 p.m. EDT at the South Vermillion High School auditorium in Clinton.

Plummer will open the evening’s entertainment with his one-man drama, “Live from the Front: Byline Ernie Pyle,” in which he portrays Pyle.

Following Plummer will be the Crosley Radio Players, the popular Terre Haute-based troop that recreates the golden age of radio with period musical and theatrical presentations.

The group’s emphasis will be on the 1940s.

Tickets are on sale for $10 at a number of Wabash Valley locations:

  • Bank of Indiana, 129 Maple St., Dana
  • Old National Bank, 407 S. Main St., Clinton
  • First Financial Bank, 221 S. Main St., Clinton
  • First Financial Bank, 100 W. Market St., Newport
  • Stop Light Gas, Indiana 71, St. Bernice
  • Old National Bank, 128 W. Ohio, Rockville
  • First National Bank, 147 W. Monroe St., Chrisman Ill.
  • The Tribune-Star, 222 S. Seventh St., Terre Haute

Tickets will also be available on the night of the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. EDT.

The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum is the former Ernie Pyle State Historic Site.

The state of Indiana turned over the property to the Friends organization in late 2011. The site contains the home in which Pyle was born in 1900 and a museum dedicated to preserving his legacy as a war correspondent.

The museum will re-open in May on weekends for the tourist season.

Dana is located on Indiana 71 just north of U.S. 36 in Vermillion County.

“This is just another way the Friends of Ernie Pyle can help keep the Pyle legacy alive,” said Cynthia Myers, Friends president. “This entertaining program will help educate more people about Ernie’s special place in World War II history, and at the same time raise funds for the museum.”

For more information, contact Myers at president@erniepyle.org or (765) 665-3633 or visit the museum website at www.erniepyle.org.

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