Jerry Yocum, a historian and member of Camp Algona POW Committee Inc., said the museum officials began working on the exhibit, titled ‘‘Algona Experiences World War II," in December of last year.
It opened for Veterans Day earlier this month.
The new display joins two existing exhibits, ‘‘German Prisoners of War in America: The Camp Algona Experience" and ‘‘Cultural Expressions Behind Barbed Wire."
While the exhibit does not directly address the POW camp at Algona, Yocum
said the exhibits are all closely related.
‘‘With so many Algona area men gone at the war, this area really needed the labor that the POWs provided," Yocum
The new display focuses on telling the stories of the Algona area residents who served in the military during World War II.The exhibit is a feast for the eyes that includes photographs, newspaper headlines, uniforms, artifacts and scaled-down replicas of World War II airplanes.
‘‘We tried to get the word out that we were putting this together," Yocum
said about the committee's acquisition of so many photographs and artifacts. ‘‘We will probably keep getting things as people hear about it or find items in their homes."
A photo of Marine Pvt.
Turner's story is legend in Algona, Yocum
...Yocum, a retired history teacher, searched old copies of Algona area newspapers to find stories related to the war.
is currently heavily involved in recording the memories of men and women who served in the war, or who worked or were held at the POW camp in Algona.Those could be included in an interactive display at the museum.
‘‘There's a sense of urgency to get this done because these people are getting older," said Yocum