The prisoners were paid $.10 an hour for their work in the economic development of the area. At the museum there are letters from prisoners stating that they were well treated while at the camp.
The museum has displays showing the camp, the life styles and artifacts of this time in history. The artwork of the prisoners is also shown in the museum as well as the Nativity Scene built by the German POW’s.
There are photos of the prisoners leaving the camp in February of 1946.
Also on display is a 1940 Ford Fodor V-8 Deluxe. This is the type of vehicle that was used for staff cars.
This is a museum that allows the exploration of the POW’s life in the USA during World War II.
Location: 114 South Thornington Street, Algona, Iowa 50511
Hours: 1-4 Sat. Sun April through December. Open by appointment. Closed January, February and March except by appointment.
Admission fee: $3 per person
Phone: 515-395-2267 or 515-295-3719