TRACES WWII touring exhibits and presentations
TRACES is a now-defunct museum headed by Michael Luick-Thrams based in St. Paul with a focus on WWII era history. They cover a variety of topics with their exhibits and presentations, including German POWs in the Midwest, German-American internees, escapees from Germany who ended up in the Midwest, and Midwest POWs in Germany. TRACES put together a proposed tour of our 32 libraries for April, which included a kick-off event at the St. Cloud Public Library on Saturday, April 3, which included the exhibit “Behind Barbed Wire” on Midwest POWs in Germany on their traveling museum in a converted school bus (the “Buseum”), and the “VANISHED” exhibit was on display from April-end of May at the St. Cloud Public Library, which explores the history of German-Americans who were held prisoner during the war (internees). TRACES was also able to bring two speakers for the April 3 event; Eberhard Fuhr was interned during the war in Crystal City, Texas, and Edith Lichtenstein Morgan’s family fled Germany mere months after Hitler came to power, traveling across Switzerland, France, and finally America from New York to Iowa and, ultimately, to St. Paul for her father to work at Macalester College. The Buseum traveled to all 32 libraries (schedule below) and Michael Luick-Thrams did presentations at some locations, roughly one per day of the tour.
Location attendance counts; Exhibit showing - 1905 people/Programs - 363 people
Feedback from across the region:"Liked the honesty. Truth displayed with humanity.""Excellent info. for younger generation.""Very educational.""Michael did a good job explaining things. General background is what I was looking for and found. Thank you!""Got to learn and see what life was like back then.""[I would ] attend another program like this one. It's so wonderful when history comes to you!""I enjoyed the history and realistic presentation.""Very enjoyable even if a 'heavy' subject. Tons of information/approach of relationships of people.""Always an interest in WWII so we try not to make same mistakes -- but fear they're still being made -- education helps!"