Local author Linda Betsinger McCann to speak on POW camps
The Denver Genealogy and History Club will host Shell Rock author, Linda Betsinger McCann, on Tuesday, January 22 at 2 PM at the Denver Public Library.

McCann will speak about her latest book, Prisoners of War in Iowa, which was just released in December.

During World War II, there were German, Italian, and Japanese soldiers captured by Americans. About 435,000 of these enemy soldiers were sent to America as prisoners of war and about 25,000 POWs were held in Iowa.

The two main camps were in Algona and Clarinda, with about 17 branch camps throughout the state, one being near Waverly. The POWs at the branch camps worked for a short time on a specific project such as working in the canning factories or laboring in the fields.

McCann was able to speak with people who had the prisoners work on their farms, or worked with them in the canning factory in Waverly. She will share their memories and information about what life was like for these prisoners of war.

The Denver Genealogy and History Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at the library. During the winter months the group meets at 2 PM and the rest of the year at 6:30 PM. Each month the group has a speaker on local history or genealogy and meetings are open to the public to attend. There is no cost to attend, however, pre-registration is encouraged.

On February 26 at 2 PM, Rosa Grant from the John Deere Museum in Waterloo will speak on the history of John Deere.
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