Dr. Marion Dorsey to Present The Truth about Lies

On Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m., the Wright Museum will present The Truth about Lies: Deception Plans in World War II, a lecture by Dr. Marion Dorsey. Part of the museum’s 2021 Lecture Series, sponsored by Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney, the lecture will explore what happened behind the scenes of World War II to increase the likelihood of winning battles and minimizing casualties.

According to Dorsey, associate professor of history and a core faculty member in Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire, elaborate Allied deception plans lived “in the shadows of some well-known actions.”

“They utilized international casts, civilian experts, innovative artists, and creative minds, among others, in efforts to divert and delay the enemy,” she said. “What is even more amazing is that these plans could be successful, fooling the Axis so successfully that Germany did not even know it had been tricked.”

Mike Culver, executive director of The Wright, said Dorsey’s presentation will be “an ‘eye-opener’ for most of the program audience.” “Almost anyone interested in WWII knows about the ‘Ghost Army’ used to convince the Nazis that General Patton was leading a new US Army First Group preparing for D-Day,” he explained. “However, there were so many other ‘tricks’ used by the military during the war that remained mostly unknown.”

The Truth about Lies: Deception Plans in World War II begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24 at the Wright Museum, 77 Center Street in Wolfeboro on the first floor of the new DuQuoin Education Center. Admission is $3 for Wright Museum Members and $8 for non-members.

Masks are optional for all fully vaccinated audience members. Reservations can be made by calling 603-569-1212.

The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, the Wright Museum features more than 14,000 items in its collection that are representative of both the homefront and battlefield.