Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host January 26 program about Allamakee County on the Home Front During World War II

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will continue its program series for 2023 with a program about Allamakee County on the Home Front during World War II. The program is scheduled for Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the new Veterans Museum in the former Vet’s Club building at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon.

There is no admission charge, and the facility is wheelchair accessible. The program will be repeated Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m.

Scrap drives were held in Allamakee County to support the production of war materials and equipment during the war. In 1942, Cote’s Town Theatre put on a free movie for those who donated scrap items. The accompanying photo shows the pile of scrap in front of the theatre. Rationing of food, fuel, rubber, metal, clothing and other vital materials was required.

The popular movie shot in downtown Waukon in the 1940s by the Cote family for the Town Theatre will be presented again during both upcoming presentations at the Veterans Museum. Those attending may possibly spot and identify relatives shown in the film and enjoy a nostalgic look back at period vehicles and dress with local scenes and businesses.

Museum winter hours included open hours for tours Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon, and by appointment for family, community, school, youth, veterans and church groups. Monthly programs are also presented.