Algona Nativity Scene – Algona, Iowa

Algona Nativity SceneAlgona was the site of a World War II prisoner of war camp that was constructed in 1943 and 1944 and was used until the war ended. The second group of prisoners came from Germany. One of them, Edward Kalb, came up with the idea of building a Nativity Scene. When completed by Kalb and five other prisoners, it contained more than sixty figures that are half life-size. 

It took nearly a year, but by the season of Advent in 1945, their long hours of labor had produced a display that not only cheered them, but is the basis for an annual tradition in Algona, carried on since 1958 by the United Methodist Men’s Club.

The scene has been placed in a special building at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds.

Algona, Iowa 50511

Admission – None

Phone – (515) 295-7201  


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