Betsinger-McCann will be at Jesup Library April 16 to discuss Prisoners of War in IowaLinda Betsinger McCann will be speaking at the Jesup Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 pm, about her newest book, Prisoners of War in Iowa. Everyone is invited and there is no admission charge.
Iowa housed about 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war from 1943-1946. Algona and Clarinda were the main camps, and there were about 17 branch camps in Iowa. Waverly would be the closest to Jesup. The prisoners worked in the fields and canning factories, helping to harvest crops and can them for consumption. Linda was able to speak with people who worked with them, or got to know them, and shares their memories.
Linda is the author of twelve books of Iowa history. She enjoys finding the little-known aspects of Iowa's history and sharing it with others. She will have copies of all her books with her, available for purchase. She is now researching the 'Rosie the Riveters' who worked in factories during World War II. She wants to preserve these women's memories and share them with others.
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