WINDOM — The Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge 1-538 will host its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cottonwood County Historical Society, 812 Fourth Ave., Windom.
A video will feature an emphasis on the 125 th Anniversary of the Sons of Norway. The program will offer meeting participants an opportunity to learn about the history of prisoner of war camps in Minnesota.
Colleen Gengler, a volunteer with her local historical society in Murray County at Slayton, will present what camp life was like in Minnesota POW camps including Owatonna, New Ulm and Fairmont. Her interest in the topic comes from her parents using POW labor on their farm south of Owatonna.
In presentations of her family’s memoir “Under Minnesota Skies,” the story of her father’s experience with POWs always generated questions and comments. Gengler will share a story of POW labor on a Jackson County farm plus background on WWII POWs nationally.
The public is cordially invited to attend this unique program free of charge. Guests are always welcome at any lodge meeting.
Although the meeting was originally scheduled to be a potluck supper meeting, no refreshments will be served Participants of the meeting are encouraged to bring their own beverage, if desired. Social distancing and masks are required in the museum.
For more information about Sons of Norway or the October meeting, contact Harvey Pedersen, Sons of Norway President, at (507) 445-3188.