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Posted on: January 12, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Monuments Men: The True Story - Monday, February 5, 7-8 pm

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Join Amanda Williams, education manager for the MacArthur Memorial, to hear the true tales of the heroes behind the hit film “Monuments Men.”

World War II presented an enormous threat to the cultural heritage of Europe and Asia.  It also marked the first conflict in which there was a concerted effort by the U.S. military to protect cultural objects and historic buildings.  This project unfolded in different ways in the European and Pacific theaters, but at the forefront of this titanic effort was a handful of dedicated servicemembers known today as the “Monuments Men.”  

Throughout the war, and against tremendous odds, this small group was remarkably successful in their efforts to preserve thousands of years of cultural heritage. Without the work of these Monuments Men, the defeat of the Axis Powers in 1945 would have been incomplete.

Museum Members free, non-members $5

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