Ames History Museum - Bread for my Enemies

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Topic — Bread for my Enemies: The Friendship Train in Iowa

Speaker — David Mills, Assoc.Prof., US Army Command/General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS

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 through 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, Kansas. His program was first presented as part of the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Iowa History 101 series.



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