Wright Museum Announces Education Program Schedule 2016

The 2016 Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney Education Program Schedule

Admission is $8.00 per person for non-members and free for Wright Museum members, unless otherwise noted. Because of limited seating, we strongly encourage you to make reservations by calling 603-569-1212.

All programs begin at 7:00 p.m., unless noted otherwise. The museum’s doors open one hour before the program begins. Please check our website, http://www.wrightmuseum.org, for cancellations because of unforeseen circumstances.

Tuesday, May 10 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Three New Hampshire Treasures: the New Hampshire Boat Museum, the New Hampshire Farm Museum, and the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire
New Hampshire‘s cultural wealth can be measured by the rich variety of museums within its borders. Tonight representatives from three of those museums introduce you to their institutions and explain what makes them unique. Speakers are Lisa Simpson Lutts, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Boat Museum; Wendell Berthelsen, Director of Operations for the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, and a representative from the New Hampshire Farm Museum.

Tuesday, May 17 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dead But Not Forgotten: Memorializing New Hampshire Serviceman Buried in the American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands
Students from Mount Prospect High School in Alton, NH, speak about their research into the lives of New Hampshire servicemen killed during World War II and buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten. Mount Prospect history teacher Mike Folan and author Aimee Fogg talk about the project and the research procedure. And Netherlands resident Ben Savelkoul discusses the Grave Adoption Program that provides perpetual care for the graves of fallen American servicemen. Ben has adopted two fallen Americans.

Tuesday, May 24 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
America’s Pistol: the Model of 1911, 105 Years Young
Lecture by George R. Gurick, Jr.
The Model 1911 pistol, the finest and longest lasting military sidearm in U.S. history, is John Moses Browning’s crowning achievement as a firearms inventor. George R. Gurick Jr. discusses the high points of the Model 1911 as well as the War Department’s search for a service firearm before it adopted “America’s Pistol.”

George R. Gurick Jr. is a former U.S. Air Force staff sergeant. He also was a competitive shooter, attaining the classification of NRA Expert in open competition and enjoys shooting U.S. military small arms.

Tuesday, May 31 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Miracles of Design and Production in the US During World War II
Lecture by Stephen Keith
In 1939, the United States was unprepared to fight World War II. The U.S. Army was ranked 39th for size in the world, making it smaller than the armies of Greece or Portugal. The 1st US Army medium tank wasn’t produced by Chrysler until July, 1941 – just five months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Stephen Keith explains how the U.S. used design and production to overcome its grievous unpreparedness, allowing us to win the war and become a super power. America’s use of design and production is a fascinating story of what can be accomplished when everyone pulls in the same direction for a common cause.

Keith is a life-long amateur World War II historian whose purchase thirty-six years ago of a 1943 GMC-created troop carrier sparked his interest in American production during the war. Soon he was researching World War II production of other vehicles, ships, aircraft, and so on. Over the years, Keith has shared his extensive research with veteran’s groups, historical societies, and museums.

Tuesday, June 14 from 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer
Presented by Sally Matson*
Sally Matson portrays the extraordinary American photographer and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. During World War II, Bourke-White was the first female war correspondent or photographer allowed to work in war zones. (General Patton told her to hide his jowls in the photos she took of him.) She also was the first foreign photographer allowed to take photographs inside Soviet factories. (She had to make Stalin laugh to get his picture.) Matson uses letters and tender WWII-era V-mails found at Syracuse University to form the basis for her portrayal of this remarkable woman.

Sally Matson, a graduate of Northwestern University, has been acting and directing for forty years. She performed for the Department of Defense in the Pacific, wrote and hosted for Connecticut Cable TV, and has been performing as Susan B. Anthony since 2002. Mrs. Matson combines her love of research, writing, and acting to bring fearless, historical women to life. Margaret Bourke-White is her latest portrayal.

*Program funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council — no charge.

Tuesday, June 21 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tale of Two Subs
Lecture by John Frank
USS Squalus and USS Sculpin were both built at the Portsmouth Naval yard. In 1939, Squalus sank off Portsmouth, NH, during a test dive. Sculpin aided in rescuing Squalus, which was recommissioned as USS Sailfish. The “Tale of Two Subs” follows the intertwined fates of these submarines from the rescue into World War II when the Japanese carrier Chuyo sank the Sculpin, taking the crew’s survivors as prisoners. The Chuyo was subsequently sunk by the Sailfish with the American prisoners onboard.

John Frank is a retired Superintendent of Schools. He is an educator, the author of two books, and a long-time member of the Wright Museum Board of Directors. Frank holds graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut, and was a National Danforth and National School Executive Fellow.

Tuesday, June 28 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rockin Daddios perform Golden Oldies
Rock to the music of the 1950s and 1960s with the popular four-man singing group, The Rockin Daddios. Starring Angelo Gentile, Bo Guyer, Jim Rogato and Drew Seneca, the Daddios have performed their Golden Oldies “feel good music” throughout the Lakes Region to wide acclaim. The group’s songs conjure up many special memories for baby boomers as well as for younger people who love the great music of the rock ‘n’ roll era. The Rockin Daddios’ music is from a bygone period – tunes that take us back to a more innocent time. You’ll hear songs like “Book of Love,” “Blue Moon,” “Teenager in Love,” and “Little Star.” The songs are family friendly and guaranteed to warm your heart.”

Tuesday, July 5 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
29 Let’s Go! A Soldier’s Story About D-Day
Presented by Morley L. Piper
Hear the story and shake hands with the man who landed at Omaha Beach on D-day, 1944. Morley Piper is back for an encore presentation. As a nineteen-year-old lieutenant, he led his platoon ashore under galling fire at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Piper gives a fascinating personal account of his service with the 29th Infantry Division and his engagement through France and Germany until the war in Europe ended.

Tuesday, July 12 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Greatest War Stories Never Told
Lecture and book signing by author Rick Beyer
If you search the annals of military history, you will discover no end of quirky characters and surprising true stories. The tales range from the three cigars that changed the course of the Civil War to the elderly pig whose death triggered an international crisis. And don’t forget the drunken redcoats who inspired the Star Spangled Banner! Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest War Stories Never Told, shares a host of little-known tales from the last 2000 years of military history.

Rick Beyer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, best-selling author, and long-time history enthusiast. He wrote the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series, published by Harper Collins, and co-authored (with Liz Sayles) The Ghost Army of World War II. He produced the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army, and also made documentaries for television channels such as The History Channel and National Geographic. Beyer has shared his unique perspective on history with audiences around the country and appeared on CBS News, Fox News, NPR, CNN, and other programs.

Tuesday, July 19 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Norman Rockwell in the 1940s
Lecture by Tom Daly
Norman Rockwell was – and continues to be – one of America’s most popular artists. During World War II, Rockwell put a human face on daily life in home front America with iconic paintings that appeared on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post. The images reflected the social and political climate in the United States during that time. Rockwell’s home front Post paintings fostered patriotism and encouraged citizens to support the war effort. Tom Daly will speak about Rockwell’s life and his art of the 1940s – including the famous “Four Freedoms,” “Rosie the Riveter,” “The Homecoming,” “Home on Leave,” and “Back to Civies.”

Thomas Daly is the Curator of Education for The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. The museum is located in the Massachusetts town in which Norman Rockwell lived for the last twenty-five years of his life. During his eighteen-plus years with the Norman Rockwell Museum, Daly has taken on a number of roles, all of them adding to his knowledge of America’s favorite illustrator. The programs he created have served tens of thousands of visitors. He also he has traveled to many parts of the country to lecture about Mr. Rockwell’s work.

Tuesday, July 26 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Author’s lecture and book signing for the 2015 trilogy “Wilber’s War”
In Wilber’s War, author Hale Bradt tells the story of his parents, Wilber and Norma Brandt, two ordinary Americans during World War II. Wilber fought as a soldier on the war front in the Pacific Theater while Norma fought to keep her family together on the home front. Wilber’s War is an epic tale of duty, heroism, love and human frailty told by a son seeking to unravel the tangled threads of his family’s legacy.

Hale Bradt is Professor of Physics, Emeritus at MIT. He and his wife Dorothy live in Salem, MA.

Tuesday, August 9 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wartime Basketball: The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II
Lecture and book signing by author Douglas Stark
Wartime Basketball tells the story of basketball’s survival and development during World War II and how those years profoundly affected the game’s growth after the war. Before World War II, basketball – professional and collegiate – was largely a regional game, with different styles played throughout the country. Among its many impacts on homefront life, the war forced pro and amateur leagues to contract and combine rosters to stay competitive. At the same time, the U.S. military created base teams made up of top players who found themselves in uniform. The war created the opportunity for players from different parts of the country to play with and against each other. As a result, a more consistent form of basketball began to take shape. Weaving stories from the court into wartime and homefront culture like a finely threaded bounce pass, Wartime Basketball sheds light on important developments in the sport’s history that has been largely overlooked.

Douglas Stark is the museum director at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. He is the author of The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish Team

Monday, August 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wright Museum of World War II 3rd Annual Film Festival**
This year’s film festival honors the 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by showing two extraordinary documentaries. Wright Museum Director Mike Culver introduces each film.

Pearl Harbor – The Real Story
This 2001 documentary includes the stories of sixty men and women who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. The film includes footage that hasn’t been seen until now. As a bonus, the film takes the viewer on a tour of Pearl Harbor today, showing historic buildings and the sunken USS Arizona. 180 minutes

The History Channel Presents – Pearl Harbor: The Definitive Documentary
This History Channel production provides an in-depth look at the Japanese attack on the American Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The 2001 documentary traces the roots of the conflict in the Pacific which resulted in the Japanese attack. 150 minutes

**Admission to the Film Festival is free to Museum Members and with paid Museum Admission

Tuesday, August 16 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Fighting “Jane Crow”: African-American Women in World War II
Lecture by Dr. Sarah Batterson
During World War II, African-Americans helped fight fascism and racism in Europe as factory workers, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and nurses while at the same time they were being continually subjected to segregation, violence, and prejudice at home. For African-American women, the wartime experience provided unprecedented job opportunities and improved financial stability, which essentially ended at the close of the war. By exploring individual biographies and organizational histories, Sarah Batterson investigates the impact of World War II on African-American women and assess how the war both expanded opportunities for women and exposed gender and racial prejudices, which set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s and 1960s.

Professor Sarah Batterson holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of New Hampshire and a joint-M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She currently teaches courses in African-American history and Gender history at the University of New Hampshire. An avid history enthusiast since the age of eight, in her spare time Batterson can be found reading about the past or exploring historical sites around New England.

Tuesday, August 30 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Holocaust to Healing, The Story of a 5-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor
Lecture and book signing by author Kati Preston
Join seventy-five year old Kati Preston, a child survivor of the holocaust who was hidden in an attic by a heroic peasant woman. Preston will discuss how her whole Jewish family was exterminated and how the Hungarian Nazis hunted her with bayonets in the hayloft where she was hidden when she was five years old. Preston’s talk is not about being a victim, which she is not. She is a survivor. Preston has a message of hope, survival, love, and hope for a better future.

Kati Preston speaks at many venues – schools, colleges, churches, and pretty much anywhere where people are willing to listen. She feels that her presentations make a difference, however small.

Tuesday, September 6 from 7:00 – 8:00pm
Internment of Japanese-Americans: A Father’s Voice and a Young Boy’s Remembrances
A presentation by David Sakura
NH resident David Sakura is a third generation Japanese-American (Sansei). Prior to WW II, David’s family and relatives lived in Eatonville WA. Shortly after the outbreak of WW II, David’s family was transported along with several hundred friends and neighbors to the Minidoka Relocation Center, in Idaho. While interned, David’s father and three uncles enlisted into the US Army and served with the all Japanese-American 442 Regimental Combat Team, one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history. By using excerpts from his father’s letters from the Minidoka Relocation Center and 8 mm film from his pre-WW II childhood, David will offer a highly personal account of his family’s internment experiences. Sakura holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry and a MPH from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
On the Wing
Movie and discussion with film producer Brad Branch
In the midst of winter, 1944, a two-minute air battle took place in the skies above Ehrwald, Austria. The fight involved American and German aircraft. The losses totaled sixteen aircraft, eight on each side, and the lives of more than thirty men. On the Wing is an emotional look at the 15th Air Force, sixty years after that fight, which was one of the shortest and most intensive air battles to occur over central European air space during World War II. This 90-minute documentary film, was conceived and developed by Brad Branch, who also served as executive producer.

Tuesday, September 20, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
De-coding Espionage in World War II
Lecture by Dr. Douglas Wheeler
Douglas Wheeler’s intriguing slide-and-lecture presentation features four pivotal World War II espionage and intelligence cases, presented within their historical context. The cases are Britain’s “Double XX system”(MI-5); the “Ultra secret”; the Pearl Harbor surprise attack; and the course and consequences of Soviet espionage on the American A-bomb project, the Manhattan Project.

Wheeler has been a member of the History faculty at University of New Hampshire, Durham, since 1965. He also lectures for New Hampshire Humanities Council and has authored many articles and chapters and nine books. Wheeler served in U.S. Army Intelligence (1963-65) and has published historical studies in The Intelligencer, which is the journal of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

Tuesday, September 27, from 7:00 – 8:00pm
An Examination of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Lecture by Dr. Douglas Wheeler
Douglas Wheeler opens his lecture with the following question: “As of December 6, 1941, the U.S. government was secretly reading Japan’s highest level diplomatic codes (MAGIC), so why were we so badly surprised on Dec. 7, 1941?” During the course of his lecture, Wheeler discusses the historic context of the attack, which propelled the US into a Pacific and an Atlantic war. He also talks about how the US intelligence system functioned at the time of the attack, presents theories on this still hotly debated topic, and examines the events of Dec. 7, 1941 and their consequences in World War II and global history.

Tuesday, October 4, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
A Musical Concert by Quint-Essential Winds
Quint-Essential Winds debuted in 2008, bringing together five musicians with more than 150 years of collective study and performance spanning three continents. The quintet performs throughout New England performing a variety of musical styles, from classical to popular to seasonal. This evening’s performance includes the works of Mozart, Persichetti, Copland, Beach, Ewazen, D’Rivera, Milhaud, Grainger and Gershwin.

The 2016 Education Programs are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ron Goodgame and
Donna Canney.


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