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Guests of the Third Reich Special Guests

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The month of January was quite exciting in our special exhibit, Guests of the Third Reich: American POWs in Europe on display through July 7, 2013. We had visits from several former POWs—some featured in the exhibit—and their families. Jimmie Kanaya and James Baynham, represented in the gallery’s audio piece, visited with their families. The families of Calvin Keep Benedict and Luke McLaurine also visited and toured the exhibit. Stalag Luft I violin maker Clair Cline’s grandson, Dan visited with his wife, Jessica. Irwin Stovroff was held in Stalag Luft I and remembers Clair Cline crafting his violin. Stovroff is the founder and president of Vets Helping Heroes, an organization that helps provide veterans with dogs trained as companions and assistance dogs. He attended the Grand Opening of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center with Cash, the mascot of his organization. We’re very grateful for the visits of these special guests. We hope to welcome more to be honored and share their stories this upcoming Memorial Day, May 27th, when we host the program “From Their Fathers”.

Post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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