Traces WWII mobile museum downtown Sept. 7


The Friends of the Library and the Vance County Historical society are sponsoring the Traces WWII Museum outside of the H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The museum is located in a retrofitted school bus called the “BUS-eum 3”.

The bus, which includes a 21-seat theater, contains information about the 660 WWII prison camps located throughout the United States. The nearest prison camp to Henderson was located in Butner in neighboring Granville County.

German, Italian and Japanese prisoners of war were housed in the camps.

From the camp in Butner, the POWs were regularly bused into Henderson as work crews. They performed tasks including harvesting and processing crops, building roads and waterways, cutting trees, repairing barns, working in light non-military industry, laying city sewer lines, constructing tract housing and washing U.S. Army laundry.

The museum is free and open to the public during the six hours on September 7. Educators wishing to bring school groups are asked to call 252.438.3316, extension 236 to schedule a tour.