SLAYTON — The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Murray County Historical Society at 2 p.m. Oct. 17, in the Currie town council room, 801 Third St. The featured speaker is Dr. Lloyd Petersen, professor emeritus at Southwest Minnesota State University, presenting “Stories of World War II.”

A short business meeting will follow the presentation and pie and coffee will be served.

Petersen is a long-time teacher of U.S. history on all levels. He has a B.A. from Westmar University, Masters degree in U.S. history (emphasis on 20th century) from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D in Civil War history from the Union University/Institute. He is a frequent speaker on WWII, the Civil War and the Depression years in schools, nursing homes and senior centers, and is delighted to teach these topics for SMSU’s Gold College, a special program SMSU offers for any adults who are interested in learning just for the joy of learning.

He has taken additional graduate work at Macalester College, Iowa State, U of M Duluth, Colorado State University plus a few others.

Petersen’s dad and four uncles were WWII veterans. They never spoke of their experiences. Because of this, he started reading everything he could on World War II.

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“I remember the first two books I ever read were ‘God is my co-pilot’ and ‘The Raft,’” he shared. “My passion to learn even more about this period of time led me to interview 40 women about their experiences during WWII and found a rich history often overlooked.

“I shared it at a history conference at Los Alamos, New Mexico and often quote what they had to say in my classes.”

Petersen retired with the rank of professor emeritus but he continues to teach both on campus and online classes plus supervise student teachers. While a high school teacher, he was Marshall Teacher of the Year and a candidate for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. His wife, Rennae, is a music teacher.

For more information, contact or call 507-836-6533.