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German POWs are theme of traveling exhibit coming Friday

Peabody Main Street Association will host a World War II bus museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Peabody Market.

The touring “Bus-eum” exhibit is called “Held in the Heartland.” The bus displays artifacts, narrative texts, and a multi-media presentation of German prisoner of war camps in the Midwest from 1943 to 1946.

The U.S. government built about 250 POW camps in central United States to house tens of thousands of German prisoners. One such camp was in the Eyestone Building at the northeast corner of Second and Vine streets in Peabody.

There is no admission charge, but donations to help defray the cost of hosting the exhibit are appreciated. For more information, contact Peabody Main Street at 983-2174.

Last modified Nov. 5, 2008

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