Indian Hills offers a step back in time for 70th anniversary of D-Day

The Indian Hills Library is host to WWII memorabilia, books and photos.

Indian Hills Community College's contribution to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day is like taking a step back in time.

Several organizations worked together to put on an all-encompassing tribute to D-Day, our nation's veterans and the 1940's era. At the Indian Hills library, there is a collection of WWII artifacts donated by faculty members and their families. There is also a display of books and a special photo gallery entitled "Snapshots from the Normandy Invasion" that was purchased from the WWII museum in New Orleans.

Everything that is on display is meant for people of all ages to come, learn and recognize the "Greatest Generation".

"They lived through so much and influenced so much of where we are today," said Dr. Jennifer Boyenga, Director of Fine Arts and Indian Hills. "So I think coming out and paying tribute and learning - just that learning component of what life was like in that bygone era."

The gallery will be on display throughout the entire month of June.

As for other events, they will kick off Thursday night as the Ottumwa Municipal Band performs a free concert of 1940's-era music.

On Friday, the Ottumwa Public Library is hosting retired Lt. Col. Conrad Wiser from Des Moines, a WWII expert who will speak at the First Friday Breakfast at the Bridge View Center at 9 a.m.

On Saturday, June 7 the WWII movie "Ike" will be presented for free at the Indian Hills Library. Sunday, the IHCC Veterans Affairs Department will host a free reception at the library's gallery from 5-7 p.m.

Finally, the weekend of tributes concludes Sunday night at Indian Hills' outdoor stage. The Ottumwa Symphony will perform a "USO Show" at 7 p.m.

The American Gothic House in Eldon will also be displaying lithographs Grant Wood created during the 1940's. Those will be on display throughout the month of June.