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Ernie Pyle Historic Site now open to public on weekends

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ernie Pyle
DANA -- The Ernie Pyle Historic Site in Dana, Ind., will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning Saturday.

Saturday hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday hours will be 1-4 p.m.

General admission for visitors is $3.50 for adults; $3 for adults age 55-over; $2 for children ages 4-12; and free for children ages 3-under.

The site is operated by the Friends of Ernie Pyle, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Pyle's legacy as America's most famous World War II correspondent. Pyle was born and raised in Dana, a rural community in Vermillion County on United States 36.

Cynthia Myers, President of the Friends of Ernie Pyle, said the site, which features the house in which Pyle was born and a museum, is currently being operated by the organization under special arrangement with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR closed the site in late 2009 and is in negotiations with the group for transfer of site ownership.

The site is also scheduling tours for adult groups, children's groups and schools. Tour group admission fees are as follows: School-sponsored tour, $1 per student; adult groups, $3 per person; and child groups, $1.50 per child.

Schools and other groups may schedule tours for any time. To arrange a tour, call the site at 765-665-3633 and leave a message detailing the request, or call Myers at 765-665-3084.

Myers said the organization hopes to launch a nationwide fundraising campaign soon to help sustain the site in the future. Meanwhile, donations are currently being accepted at The Friends of Ernie Pyle, PO Box 345, Dana, Ind., 47847.

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