May 25, 2023

World War II POW camps in Kansas topic of Smoky Hill Museum program

Posted May 25, 2023 4:59 PM
Image courtesy Smoky Hill Museum
Image courtesy Smoky Hill Museum


Prisoner of war camps in Kansas during World War II will be the focus of the next First Thursday presentation by the Smoky Hill Museum.

The presentation is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 1 in the Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron Avenue in downtown Salina. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

Additionally, those interested can register to watch the presentation via Zoom at

About the presentation courtesy Smoky Hill Museum

During World War II, there were hundreds of thousands of German prisoners of war to feed, house and guard. This job went to the more than 600 camps in 47 of the (then) 48 states. Kansas pulled its weight with 16 camps.

Join Lowell A. May, as he talks about the camps, their size, where they were, how they impacted local life as well as the men inside them. He’ll also touch on what became of some of the camps and bring a camp model to display. May is an independent researcher, author, popular speaker and member of the POW Camp Concordia Preservation Society.

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For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.