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The Mille Lacs County Historical Society recently shared seven short films of Princeton, MN soldiers leaving for and in basic training for the Korean War.

Two young men in military uniform standing with a woman and a young boy, both in hats and coats, in front of a brick wall

In 1951, local movie theater owner "Doc" Reynolds gave Charles Henschel film and a movie camera to document basic training for himself and other Princeton "boys" as they prepared to serve in the Korean War. The seven resulting silent films were shown as shorts in the Princeton movie theater before the main attraction, so townspeople could get a sense of what their sons and neighbors were experiencing. These unique resources have been digitized and are now available for viewing in the Mille Lacs County Historical Society collection in the Minnesota Digital Library. 

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Molly Huber
Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Digital Library
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