O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Discoveries of History


September 12, 2019

Linda McCann of Shell Rock, Iowa, north of Waterloo, became an accidental author and presenter. Her interest, even passion was the history of Iowa. After moving to Shell Rock with her family years ago, she continued her love of learning Iowa history and discovered one of the founders of Shell Rock is an ancestor! That took her love for researching history to researching genealogy. Her passion helped her bring together individuals and formed a genealogy group.

She began writing for her grandkids at a young age. They and their friends, now in college, love her topics. She says they comment on how well we treated people and see that the result was good for everyone. They didn't want to leave. They wanted to come back.

Linda McCann

She and the group kept up the research. The research was recorded in notes that led to books. Those books helped the city fathers of Shell Rock to form a museum, of sorts, and keep and log the artifacts and information discovered. Through that activity the books caught the notice of a publisher.

Ms. McCann will be in northwest Iowa from September 15 – 19 giving presentations in local libraries about Prisoner of War Camps operated in Iowa. POW camps in Iowa often made up the entire town, she explains. She will be offering her presentation in Sutherland on Wednesday September 18 at 6:30pm. Her presentation lasts about 1 hour, includes pictures, and then she opens up the discussion to audience questions and comments. She is also in Peterson on Thursday September 19. All her visits are at the local library.


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