Special prisoner of war program planned for Palmer Museum

YORK – Carrie Remmers, the director of York’s Palmer Museum, has announced a special presentation will be held at the facility to showcase “the wildly overlooked chapter of Nebraska history, the German-captured prisoners of war who were held throughout Nebraska and the Midwest.”

She said the event will be held Jan. 27, from 2-3 p.m., at the museum (located at 520 North Grant Avenue). The guest speaker will be Micah Huyser, “who will cover the origins of why World War II POWs were sent to the heartlands and what life was like once they arrived.”

According to Huyser’s information, “One of the primary camps in the region, Camp Atlanta, housed a total of 4,500 POWs at one given time, but saw over 100,000 POWs through its gate between 1943 to 1946. It managed 16 satellite camps around South Central Nebraska and Northern Kansas.”

Huyser is the executive director of the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege. He is on the boards for the Nebraska Museum Association and Mountain-Plains Museums Association.

Remmers says two more months of the “America At War” display remains – at the end of that timeframe, the public will be treated to a new display, showcasing the beautiful history of York County.

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The theme of the new display in March has not yet been disclosed.

As Remmers said in an earlier interview, the new location of the museum will allow for specific displays to be showcased for several months, then carefully housed as other artifacts are displayed.

Find out more at https://www.palmermuseum.com/