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The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.

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Images of America: Camp Crowder

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7 p.m.


In his latest book, Images of America: Camp Crowder, former National Guardsman and historian Jeremy Amick chronicles the renowned military installation in southwest Missouri. Established in 1941, Camp Crowder was the World War II duty location for Women’s Army Corps contingents, as well as home to Army Signal Corps and Army Service Forces training centers. The 43,000-acre installation was also the site of a prisoner of war camp confining approximately 2,000 enemy combatants, the majority of whom were captured German soldiers. Post-World War II, Camp Crowder featured prominently in pop culture. The late Mort Walker, creator of the iconic Beetle Bailey comic strip, received inspiration for his fictional Camp Swampy while stationed at the camp in 1943 and several episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show paid homage to Camp Crowder because the show’s creator, Carl Reiner, trained there before overseas deployment. While much of the property became Crowder College in 1963, the Missouri National Guard retains 4,358 acres for use as a training site. Join us as Amick shares stories about Camp Crowder’s history and its fascinating legacy.