The Beaver Area Heritage Museum is once again ranked in the Top 25 museums in southwestern Pennsylvania by the Pittsburgh Business Times.


Out of the Unknown

Frank GrdenichOut of the Unknown, a poignant tribute to one of the many unsung heroes of World War II. This captivating exhibit is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from March 23 through end end of November 2024. The artfully crafted display unveils the remarkable story of Frank Grdenich, a local hero hailing from Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, and a proud graduate of Beaver High School. Through a series of compelling images and narratives, Out of the Unknown offers a glimpse into Frank’s extraordinary life journey, culminating in his ultimate sacrifice while serving his country on the WWII battlefield.

Frank Grdenich’s story is one of bravery, selflessness, and unwavering dedication to his nation. Born and raised in the heart of Beaver County, Frank’s journey from small-town America to the global stage of war exemplifies the resilience and courage of the Greatest Generation. As visitors navigate the exhibit, they will uncover the challenges and triumphs that shaped Frank’s character, from his formative years in Bridgewater to his valiant service in the theater of war.

But Out of the Unknown is more than just a chronicle of one man’s heroism; it is a testament to the profound impact of sacrifice on those left behind. The exhibit delves into the grief and longing experienced by Frank’s family as they grappled with the reality of his loss. Yet, amidst the darkness of tragedy, emerges a story of hope and solidarity as two nations united in their reverence for Frank’s sacrifice come together to offer solace and closure to his grieving loved ones.

Through rare photographs, personal artifacts, and heartfelt accounts, Out of the Unknown invites visitors to honor the memory of Frank Grdenich and countless others who bravely served their country during WWII. As we reflect on Frank’s legacy, let us also pay tribute to the enduring spirit of resilience and unity that defines our nation’s collective memory of the Greatest Generation.

Heritage Valley Health System, The Spanos Group of Raymond JamesPacer Studios and UPMC Health Plan and Wright Construction are the museum’s 2024 corporate sponsors, with GCU furnishing graphics support.