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Name Mary Mollie Pressler
Email mmpressler@hotmail.com
Phone 575/542-9480
Address 500 W. 4th St.
Lordsburg, NM  88045
Biographical Info Mollie Pressler's research of the Lordsburg camp has been ongoing since 1976. A recognized historian, author, and authority, she has been a presenter at the University of Washington, University of Montana, New Mexico and Arizona Historical Societies, New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League, New Mexico Humanities Council, Western Institute of Lifelong Learning (WILL), Western New Mexico University, various area schools, and numerous civic organizations. A teacher in the Lordsburg schools for twenty-seven years, she holds a master’s degree in English and history from WNMU and has served as an adjunct professor there. She is secretary to the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County museum, and is also an accomplished artist.
Program Description With a collection of slides, artifacts, and historical accounts, Mollie Pressler shares a multilayered overview of when the small town of Lordsburg became very big in the war effort. An Army camp built there would hold Japanese resident enemy aliens 1942-43, Italian prisoners of war 1943-44, and German prisoners of war 1944-45. One is taken back to the personal experiences of Americans on the home front, learning as well the effects of the situation on the prisoners.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Conversations With the World
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