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Bread for My Enemies: The Friendship Train in Iowa

Part of the Ames History Museum annual lecture series, presented in partnership with Ames Public Library.

After World War II ended, the French began rebuilding their ravaged nation and were in great need of everyday necessities. A Washington newspaper-man’s suggestion that America come to their aid with a “Friendship Train” caught fire. The train went from Los Angeles to New York, adding cars along the way. It came though Ames in November 1947 and locals responded wholeheartedly as did all Iowa towns on the route. Learn the history of this humanitarian effort from David Mills, associate professor, US Army Command/General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

This lecture is virtual. Please click here for more information.


May 24 2023


7:00 pm


Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Ave., Ames, Iowa

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