Billings Arts

Prisoner of War: Ben Steele's Personal Chronicle from Bataan to Hiroshima

at the Western Heritage Center

May 16, 2019 – October 5, 2019

Steele, a Montana native, was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and 3 ½ years as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II. Ben Steele’s original paintings and drawings chronicle his prisoner of war experience. Steele is one of thousands of American soldiers captured by the Japanese while defending the Philippines. Imprisoned in labor camps, the American and Filipino soldiers suffered terribly. His captivity ended while working in a Japanese coalmine, days after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Tears in the Darkness, a 2009 New York Times bestseller, shares Ben Steele’s story incredible of survival.  The paintings and drawings are on loan from the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula. The Charles M. Bair Family Trust is the exhibit sponsor.

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Contact: 406-256-6809
Questions: Kevin Kooistra
Museum Hours: 10-5, Tuesday through Saturday
Museum Admission: $5.00 (Free to members)

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