The Veterans of the Valley History Symposium has been canceled. A free lecture, The Wehrmacht POW Camp in Utica, by David Cooney will be held in lieu of the symposium at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
In June 1944, around 100 German POWs were brought from Pine Camp (present-day Fort Drum) to Utica to work at local factories and farms. A POW camp was constructed on Seward Avenue to house the prisoners during their 45-day stay. David Cooney will share the little known story of the camp from its inception to its closure.