They Came as Enemies and Left as Friends: Stories of Prisoners of War in Iowa

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Storyteller Darrin Crow will present his program, "They Came as Enemies and Left as Friends: Stories of Prisoners of War in Iowa" on Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the library's community meeting rooms. 

They Came as Enemies and Left as Friends follows the stories of the citizens of Algona, Iowa, and the prisoners of war who became their neighbors, co-workers, and often friends during World War II. 

Darrin Crow is a storyteller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Storytelling has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, whether it was listening to his aunts, uncles and grandparents talking about farming and coal mining in Iowa or immersing himself in Jules Verne and Tolkien up in his tree house. As a high school student he began volunteering at a living history museum. Here he found that he could use his love of telling stories to put people in touch with their heritage in a way they had not experienced before. In college he studied interpretive speech, and after college he worked as an actor and itinerant storyteller in Pennsylvania and Florida. In 1999 he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been telling stories ever since. Over the last decade he has honed his craft by telling stories across the area in settings from church basements to major outdoor festivals.

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