Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
In 1944, the U.S. Army Air Base in Houlton, Maine in Aroostook, County, became the site of a Prisoner of War (POW) internment camp for German soldiers captured in North Africa and France. The POW's could not be forced to work, but they could volunteer. Those who wanted to work helped the local farmers harvest peas and pick potatoes and cut wood in the forest after harvest time during the winter.
In September of 1945, Aroostook County farmers decided to take advantage of this opportunity. Henry (Hank) D. Lunn's father requested some prisoners to help with our potato harvest. When harvest time rolled around, eight young Germans would arrive by truck each morning about 7 oclock to help the family harvest our crop...with ONE guard.
Mr. Lunn will talk about the experience at the Kennebec Historical Society's November event at the Maine State Library. Lunn has been a resident of Camden, Maine since 1958 and a student of Maine history since his birth on a potato farm in Aroostook County. He graduated from the University of Maine with a major in history and government and has a M.Ed. in Counseling and School Administration. Mr. Lunn retired from public education with over 40 years of experience as a teacher, counselor and educational consultant in the schools of Maine. For the past several years, he has been delivering his "Living History" presentations to schools, historical societies, libraries, and community organizations.
The event is sponsored by the Kennebec Historical Society and is free to the public (donations gladly accepted). The presentation will be followed by some light refreshments and take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library, located at 230 State Street in Augusta.
Register for Class