Hang Tough: The WWII Letters & Artifacts of Major Dick Winters

Hang Tough: The WWII Letters & Artifacts of Major Dick Winters


On Thursday, March 24, authors Erik Dorr and Jared Frederick will join LancasterHistory virtually for a lecture on their latest book, Hang Tough: The WWII Letters and Artifacts of Major Dick Winters.

Image of Erik Dorr (top left) Jared Frederick (bottom left) and the book cover of "Hang Tough." (right)
Erik Dorr (top left, center) and Jared Frederick (bottom left).

The well-known book and miniseries Band of Brothers catapulted Major Dick Winters of the 101st Airborne out of history onto television screens and into the minds of individuals across the world. What many do not know, however, was the Pennsylvanian was a frequent letter writer who wrote with witty and heartfelt prose about his observations during the war. Dorr and Frederick will discuss their book, Hang Tough, and how the unpublished diary entries, military reports, postwar reminiscences, private photos, personal artifacts, a more of Major Winters creates a compelling, full-formed narrative of Winters’ experiences on the home front and battlefront.

Erik L. Dorr is the founder and curator of The Gettysburg Museum of History. He has spent his life buying and selling some of the world’s most enthralling historical artifacts. Although rooted in his passion for the American Civil War, Erik L. Dorr has collected relics that span American history from George Washington to the present day. Dorr has been featured on many television shows, including The Haunted Collector, American Pickers, and Pawn Stars, appraising, buying, and selling historical artifacts.

Jared Frederick is an Instructor of History at Penn State Altoona and a Civil War and WWII reenactor. Frederick is the author of Images of Modern America: Altoona and Images of Modern America: Gettysburg National Military Park, both released by Arcadia Publishing, and Dispatches of D-Day: A People’s History of the Normandy Invasion. From 2016-2018, he served as president of the non-profit Blair County Historical Society in Pennsylvania. He currently serves as an Instructor of History at Penn State Altoona, where he specializes in various realms of American History—including the Civil War, Pennsylvania History, WWII, Film, and the 1960s. Having served as an academic advisor for over sixty undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts, he has also received awards for his teaching skills and his efforts on behalf of student veterans.


This event will take place online via Zoom on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7pm Eastern. This is NOT an in-person event.

The program is free and open to the public but requires advance registration. Register online by clicking “Get Tickets” below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Your link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you upon successful registration. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we highly recommend reading our Virtual Event Guide & FAQ in advance the of the event. Registration will close online on March 24 at 6:50pm ET.

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Online/Virtual Event Lecture

March 24, 2022 Online via Zoom 7pm ET Free | Advance Registration Required