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Two programs this weekend at ITOW museum

This Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., John K. Cox, PhD will talk about the growth of totalitarianism (Nazism and Stalinism), their problems and their strengths.

The title of his talk is "One Size Fits All."

John Cox is a professor of history and the department head at North Dakota State University at Fargo. His teaching and research interests center on 20th century intellectual history of the Balkans and Central Europe. He appeared in Perham a few years ago to talk about the writings of the Holocaust.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m., World War II veteran Paul Ceynowa will talk about his experiences in the battle of Iwo Jima, a journey of 36 days from landing through the annihilation of the defense forces to the precise taking of Mt. Surabachi.

Both programs are free and open to the public. They are being held during the run of "Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation," a traveling exhibit at the ITOW Veterans Museum from Sept. 1 through Oct. 20.

Upcoming events include a presentation on popular song of the Great Depression and World War II by Michael Lasser on Sept 23, a concert by 42nd Street Jazz on Sept. 30, a presentation by Dale Blanshan about Norman Rockwell and Patriotism on Oct. 7 and three theatrical performances by Pippa White on Oct. 12-13.

For more information, pick up a program guide for the exhibit or call 218-346-7678 or visit

The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham.

"Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation" has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Originally developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the exhibition was adapted and is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road.