BUS-eum, a museum on wheels, displays World War II artifacts

Monday, March 31, 2008 | 7:17 p.m. CDT; updated 3:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008
Chris and Lynn Hill examine the BUS-eum 2's exhibit Monday at the Columbia Public Library. They are reading the story of the German American internment experience.

Lynn Hill, above right, reads an exhibit with the oddest of display cases: a bus window.

This museum on wheels, or BUS-eum, rolled into Columbia on Monday, displaying its World War II exhibit, “VANISHED,” at Columbia Public Library. Lynn visited the exhibit, which contains artifacts belonging to German Americans interned in the U. S. between 1941 and 1948, with her husband, Chris.


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TRACES, a nonprofit educational organization based in St. Paul, Minn., has been taking BUS-eums on tours across the Midwest since 2004. The group had planned to send a different bus than BUS-eum 2, right, but BUS-eum 1’s engine blew.

Instead, tour guide Irving Kellman said, information cards from the exhibit, “Behind Barbed Wire,” were moved to BUS-eum 2. “Behind Barbed Wire” may have special interest to Missouri residents: It tells the story of Midwesterners held as prisoners of war in Nazi Germany.

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