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    • Then and Now

    • Air pilots; Prisoners
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows two images, the first, a bombardier in an American B-17 airplane, and the second, a miserable prisoner of war who appears to be drinking. Mitchener is contrasting the two, and writes, "Then...
    • Ryman Auditorium interior from right rear

    • Auditoriums; Stages (Platforms); Concert halls; Historic buildings; Tabernacles (Buildings)
    • Interior of the Ryman Auditorium shows stage and seats from right rear. Various signs around the auditorium read "No Smoking," "No Standing," "Grand Ole Opry."
    • Thoughts of One Far Better

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Houses; Fantasy
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of a prisoner who is imagining a better place - a house to live in, rather than a German POW camp. Mitchener writes, "There are sundry others - space dictates - - and lack of...
    • The Address

    • Barbed wire; Ships; Military personnel; Prisoners; Public speaking
    • This page in Mitchener's diary includes a drawing of an old ship, the "Santa Maria," on which he has written, "Promise of the Future." Underneath, he has drawn a picture of a prisoner on stage, Colonel Darr H. Alkire, C.O. Stalag Luft III, West...
    • Somewhere There's Freedom

    • Barbed wire; Torches; Sculpture; Heads (Anatomy); Reflections; Crowns; Fantasy
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of the Statue of Liberty. On the top of the page he has written,"Maybe not in reality - but in every dream - "Underneath this heading, he has drawn a picture of a man dreaming...
    • Trees

    • Barbed wire; Trees; Fences; Tree stumps; Buildings
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of a tree as well as a number of tree stumps, all within the POW camp boundaries. He writes, "Around the compound - approximately a dozen...Trees. About the Reich, 'tis...
    • Saturday Nite Jamboree

    • Certificates; Awards; Music
    • This page includes a mock certificate or award that Mitchener has given to himself for winning the "So You Want to Lead the Band" quiz program. The certificate reads,"Saturday Nite Jamboree - This is to Certify that Hardy A. Mitchener is Hep to...
    • Kriege's Lament

    • Poetry
    • This page (and the following three pages) features a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament," written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return home of the American POWs to their...
    • Kriege's Lament, continued

    • Poetry
    • This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament" written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the American POWs to their mothers and families....
    • Kriege's Lament, conclusion

    • Poetry
    • This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament," written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the American POWs to their mothers and families....
    • Bars, Inc.

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Barrooms; Stools; Alcoholic beverages
    • This page is a poem, "Bars, Inc." written by "Coyle" and dedicated to "Ivan - POW El Grande." The poem or song is about having a bar in every room of the house. Mitchener has drawn a small picture of a bar with a sign "Home Sweet Home" next to it....
    • Comrade to Freedom

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Hands; Ball & chain
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a short poem called "Comrade to Freedom." The poem observes that men who have never been in bondage do not truly understand the joys of freedom.
    • Prisoner's Prayer

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Prayer
    • This page is a poem,"Prisoner's Prayer." Mitchener notes that it was memorized by a POW from scratchings on the wall in a Vienna transition camp. The poem asks for God's protection for airmen facing "shell, flak, fire, and foe." He writes, in part,...
    • Butterfly quilt detail

    • Quilting; Quilts; Sewing
    • Close-up view of an area of a Butterfly quilt, showing details of the appliqued butterflies.
    • Butterfly quilt

    • Quilts; Quilting
    • Large Butterfly quilt hanging from a clothesline. The quilt has alternating blocks of light and dark green set on point, so they appear as diamonds. A butterfly with brown-and-tan-checked wings is appliqued within each light green square.
    • Alvin C. York story -- Hillside farm

    • Rural areas; Country life
    • A small hillside farmhouse reached by a deeply rutted road, with fist-sized stones placed in the deepest ruts. No powerlines or chimneys are in evidence, only a pipe sticking out of the roof. One small window and door can be seen. A little girl...
    • The York Agricultural Institute

    • Schools; Automobiles
    • The York Agricultural Institute, showing the front of the school building and several vehicles parked in the drive. York established the institute in Jamestown, the Fentress County seat, in an effort to provide rural children with an education. ...
    • Mrs. Nancy Page with a quilt

    • Women; Handicraft; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Porches; Swings
    • Mrs. Nancey [sic] Page, a quiltmaker from Clifty, Tennessee, near Crossville, sitting on her front porch swing with a "Dutch Doll" or "Sunbonnet Sue" quilt across her lap.

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