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The Algona Nativity Scene was created by German prisoners of war at Camp Algona during World War II. The POWs built it in time for Christmas in 1945 and when the war ended, they donated it to the town as a gesture of goodwill. It includes 65 figures and is under the care of the Algona First United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Camp Algona POW Museum

The Algona Nativity Scene was created by German prisoners of war at Camp Algona during World War II. The POWs built it in time for Christmas in 1945 and when the war ended, they donated it to the town as a gesture of goodwill. It includes 65 figures and is under the care of the Algona First United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Camp Algona POW Museum

 

Volume 9, Issue No. 6, Nov/Dec, 2017

Learn the heartfelt story from John Skipper of war and peace on earth — goodwill toward men — in the most unlikeliest of places, a prisoner of war (POW) camp in Algona during World War II. Read how German POWs at Camp Algona built a nativity scene for Christmas in 1945 and how it has endured as a symbol of peace and popular historical attraction during the holidays for more than 70 years.

 

Publisher Michael Swanger shares how Iowa historical connections abound in our nation’s capital.

 

 

Discover more about “B” movie actress and Clinton native, Peggy Moran from Robert Weast.

 

Exploring history explains what it takes to move 500 tons of history to save the Cedar Valley Seminary in Osage from the wrecking ball.

 

In the final part of the Little Schoolhouses special series, Bill Sherman lets us know how preservationists are giving abandoned schoolhouses a second life as museums.

 

Columnist Arvid Huisman plays the name game and how the names of towns are mispronounced.

 

Ashley Rullestad delves into Ottumwa, the ‘City of Bridges’ and more.

 

Book reviews: Take the journey of “The Jefferson Highway – Blazing the Way from Winnipeg to New Orleans”. Trace the rebirth of “A Great State Fair – The Blue Ribbon Foundation and the Revival of the Iowa State Fair.”

 

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