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No more admission fee at ITOW

The In Their Own Words Veterans Museum announced this week that it is offering free admission to everyone, all the time, effective immediately.

The museum opened in August 2006 in Perham and had previously charged the general public an admission fee.

The museum features 6,000-square-feet of gallery space. In one gallery, visitors can follow a self-guided tour and listen to veterans describe what it was like for them to leave home for the first time, prepare for war, experience battle and finally, return home. The exhibits in this gallery are created from more than 250 oral histories collected to date.

One exhibit, devoted to prisoners of war, features a 20-minute video of the incredible story of Anton Cichy, a survivor of the Bataan Death March and the sinking of the Arisan Maru.

Another exhibit is based on the 1918 diary of Arthur Falk, a native of rural Corliss Township, who went to France at the end of World War I. The exhibit contains recordings of the diary and photographs from the era, and is presented in a recreated WWI bunker.

A Viet Nam Memorial exhibit is currently on loan to ITOW from the community of Ashby until further notice.  The Wall is dedicated in memory of those who did not return to their families and is accompanied by a short excerpt from a play about a family visiting the wall while the ghost of their deceased loved one stands behind the wall sharing his thoughts.

ITOW is located on the west end of Main Street in Perham and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.