ArchivesFest Spotlight: LST 325 Ship & Evansville Wartime Museum

*Post written by Mona Meyer, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian.

ArchivesFest 2019

October 14-25, 2019:  UASC on the 3rd floor of the David L. Rice Library

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) is celebrating American Archives Month with its annual event, ArchivesFest. This year’s artifacts and historical documents are from the Evansville Museum, Historic New Harmony, the Working Men’s Institute, Newburgh Museum, Reitz Home, and other museums, and will be on display in UASC.  Stop by UASC anytime Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to view these special treasures from across the Tri-State region.

USS LST Ship Memorial

840 LST Drive, Evansville, IN 47713

1. LST Ship

LST 325 Memorial Ship on the Ohio River, n.d.

This LST (Landing Ship, Tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of war and peace both. This particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during the Second World War, USNS LST-325 during its arctic operations in the 1950’s, and later L-144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy. It was acquired by The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., in 2000, and caught considerable public attention when our veteran crew brought it on a 6,500-mile journey from the Greek island of Crete to Mobile, Alabama. … October 3, 2005 opened a new and bright chapter in the saga of LST 325, when the ship arrived at its new homeport in Evansville, Indiana.”  This is the only World War II LST still in operation in U.S. waters. Its location here celebrates the fact that during World War II, the Evansville Shipyard built more LST’s than any other inland shipyard. This LST was NOT built here, but it represents those that were and the efforts of both builders and sailors.

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Evansville Wartime Museum

7503 Petersburg Road, Evansville, IN 47725

Logo of the Evansville Wartime Museum, n.d.

Logo of the Evansville Wartime Museum, n.d.

During WWII, our nation’s military went into battle with airplanes, ships, tanks and munitions manufactured in Evansville, IN. The museum is dedicated to showing and celebrating the stories of those who were there along with the memorabilia they collect.

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