In 1952 and 1953 the Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) of Algona compiled scrapbooks for submission to State and National Junior Chamber of Commerce competitions. These entries centered on their work with the nativity scene the POWs donated to the town. In the 1952-53 award year, they competed for the award on religious activites. The next year (1953-54), the Algona Jaycees submitted another entry in the international relations division, focusing on the promotion of international peace and understanding. The fact that the creators of the scene were German POWs is particularly prominent in the Jaycees' presentation. According to the Jaycees, the scene has brought understanding and promoted peace to Algona and the surrounding area. Below are some pages from the 1952-1953 scrapbook.
In 1952-1953 the Algona Jaycees' submission won second place nationally; the 1953-1954 project won first place in the nation.