May 08, 2018
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
|Where||First United Methodist Church, Jefferson IA|
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Jefferson Public Library presents …
IOWA’S OWN MONUMENTS MAN
Tuesday, May 8 2:00 pm
First United Methodist Church,
307 S. Wilson, Jefferson
Presented by Nancy Trask, MLS
This historical slide presentation will introduce George Stout, who was born and raised in Winterset, Iowa. During World War II, George was a member of the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program devoted to recovering art and other items of cultural importance that had been stolen by Nazis or hidden for safekeeping. In 2009 these men and their mission became known world-wide in the book “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel. A film by the same name was released in 2014. George Clooney’s character in the movie was based on George Stout, although the character was named Frank Stokes for the sake of artistic license in the movie.
Please welcome our presenter …
Nancy Trask grew up in Winterset, earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Oklahoma, and recently retired from the Winterset Public Library where she was the Director from 2004-2016. Her interest in World War II was enhanced by lifelong conversations with her father, a Purple Heart veteran of Normandy. Her expertise in the history of George Stout and the Monuments Men has led to her current involvement in a documentary being made about Stout, a public artwork in memory of Stout which is nearly completed in Winterset, and founding of The George Stout Fellowship for Art in the Public Sphere.
Nancy’s presentation is the result of her extensive research into the life of George Stout and his role as a WWII Monuments Man.
~ This program is made possible by a grant from the Jefferson Rotary Club ~