- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Planners say a museum honoring the Evansville area’s contributions to the World War II effort will be built near the city’s airport.

Freedom Heritage Museum officials announced Friday that they’ve reached a 30-year lease agreement with the Evansville Regional Airport Authority for a three-acre site along U.S. 41 on the city’s north side.

Museum board president Rich Litov tells the Evansville Courier & Press (https://bit.ly/1JsdjSi ) a fundraising drive for the $5 million project will begin next year.

Plans for the museum include restoration of aviation artifacts, such as a P-47 Thunderbolt engine and machinery from the Evansville Republic Aviation factory where Thunderbolts were built. Evansville also had a shipyard that produced troop landing ships.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, https://www.courierpress.com

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