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“In Memory of War Dead” posters now in the window of museum

May 27, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

The display of the "In Memory of War Dead" posters now in the windows of the Traer Museum, was started in the 1970's by Audrey M. Lenaburg. The first display of names was placed in the former Overton Furniture Store downtown, then moved to Whannels Hardware windows, and now are placed in the Traer Museum windows.

The idea for the War Dead posters came about when Audrey stopped at the Marshalltown Cemetery and saw a cement tombstone, shaped as a poster. She took measurements of the tombstone, purchased poster paper, did the lettering by hand, and writing all the names of War Dead, the poster then came to life.

As of 2009, nine posters have the names of deceased Traer Legionnaires who are buried at Buckingham, West Union, and St. Paul Cemeteries. The other two posters have the names of deceased Traer Legionnaires buried in other cemeteries, such as Clutier, Crystal, Dysart, Blessing, Geneseo, and others.

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Audrey Lenaburg shown with the display at the Traer Historical Museum that she started in the 1970’s.
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