Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years before he became Commandante of the Fort of Sainte Genevieve and The King of Spain made him Don Francois Valle for saving their Fort San Carlos (now St. Louis).
270 years later as The Valle Mining Company, his 4000+ acre property every year absorbs 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 14,000 tons of oxygen, enough to meet the needs of 63,000 people. [USDA Forest Facts]
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The Military Museum


World War II

Witness of The Holocaust,

includes pictures shot by Mina Cohan, a 17 year old Red Cross volunteer from Philadelphia who stole her older sister's birth certificate "to join the Red Cross and serve coffee and donuts to our boys, and, Brother, did we ever", but who later in England was faced with going back home [she was a volunteer] or landing on Normandy Beach. She chose Normandy Beach and landed on D-Day+4.

Dec. 1944 - Jan. 1945. While tending to the wounded in a field hospital at the front lines of "Patton's Army", she found herself in the the Battle Of The Bulge when Nazi orders read "Take No Prisoners". She volunteered to drive her Jeep to the front until she get captured, and got catured twice. The Red Cross were technically non-combatants by the Geneva Convention and after assaults and interrogations was fortunately released. For this she was awarded her Medal of Freedom after the War. The exhibit includes her own snapshots and Signal Corp photos from her duty assignment (Apr. 1945) to feed LifeSavers to "the Living Dead" as the survivors of Dachau came to be called after the Allies liberated the prison camp.

"When we arrived the furnaces were still burning". Despite her PTSD from WW II, Mina served as a past president of the Valle Mining Company from 1983 until her death in 1986.

Click for Map of concentration camps.

Edward R. Murrow radio broadcast from Buchenwald (MP3 audio only)




Vietnam Era

The 102nd Infantry Division, "The Ozark Division" and its fate at the hands of Defense Secretary McNamara during the John F. Kennedy presidency.

Civil War

Exhibit: A Civil War battle site. [For past Reenactments see our Celebrations and Festivals page]. During the Civil War, before the legendary Double Tornado sucked the roof off of the original building of store-forge-stable, Confederate Bushwacker Sam Hildebrand and his men shot it out with Federal troops here. Currently [the 1900's] rebuilt as a General Store, its 200 year old hand-hewn timber framing inside can be seen overhead as you walk in the General Store.