Watson-Curtze Mansion Displays Red Cross Exhibit
The Watson-Curtze Mansion has opened a new exhibit showcasing the work of the American Red Cross in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Visitors enter the exhibit through a Red Cross tent in the third floor ballroom of the mansion. Items on display range from volunteer uniforms to first aid handbooks.
"Erie has played an important role in so many national things, and we've provided either resources or people," Becky Weiser, curator of the Erie County Historical Society said. "The American Red Cross has such an important mission that we wanted to promote their mission, as well as bringing people to our facility here."
The opening of the exhibit coincides with American Red Cross month, and admission is free during opening weekend, March 14-17, 2019. After opening weekend, adult ticket prices are $10, seniors are $7.50 and students are $5.
"Doughnut Dollies" will be serving doughnuts on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. American service men in England during World War II called American Red Cross girls "Doughnut Dollies" as a warm and affectionate term of appreciation for their morale-boosting efforts, according to the Erie County Historical Society. Women in the Red Cross earned the nickname because they served doughnuts to the GIs.
The exhibition is on display through May 5th.