SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) – For many people, the Cold War was a time of great struggle, but even greater accomplishments.
A new exhibit in one Siouxland community is tieing world history to local history while hoping to give its audience a realistic experience of life during that era.
“Nobody thinks to try to record them. That’s kind of our goal, to get veterans’ stories saved. So that way we can continue to use local veterans’ stories to help tie these events into local history,” said Braden Falline, Director of Collections at the Clay County Heritage Center.
Conflict, Tension, and Prosperity.The Cold War Experience.
That’s the title to the newest exhibit at the Clay County Heritage Center in Spencer, Iowa.
“We have a lot of artifacts from local veterans. We are working on getting more stories,” said Falline.
The exhibit features artifacts, photos, videos, and other pieces from that time.
Falline says one major aspect of the exhibit is for current generations to better understand a time in history that may feel very unfamiliar to them.
But young students aren’t the only ones who have been taking something away from the exhibit.
“I think we’ve had a lot of reactions to our collage of front line photos. Veterans will point out, ‘Oh I remember seeing this type’, or ‘our camp was like this.’ Or other people just looking to see what conditions were like for them,” said Falline.
Falline says he enjoys watching people come in to learn more about that time in history, but also enjoys when people who lived during it have their own stories to share.
The Cold War Experience exhibit will be on display until December 21.
It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.