Lecture Series

ANNUAL SERIES

2024 Education Lecture Series

Admission is $10.00 per person for non-members and $5.00 for Wright Museum Members, unless otherwise noted. The programs will be held in the DuQuoin Education Center on the first floor.  We strongly encourage you to reserve seats well ahead of time by calling 603-569-1212 or by booking online for each program.

Most programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and take place at the Museum unless otherwise noted. The Museum’s doors open one hour before programs begin. Please check our website for schedule changes because of unforeseen circumstances.

2024 Lecture Series Calendar

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Lecture Series: Ron Janowski – Breakout from Normandy

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Ron Janowski – Breakout from Normandy After the Allied landings in Normandy, commanders began to formulate a plan to push out from the beachhead. Initial efforts were hampered by the need to take the city of Caen in the east and the dense hedgerow country in the west. Seeking to launch a major breakout, General […]

Lecture Series: Peggy Hennelly-Maniates – A Hero of Two Nations

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Peggy Hennelly-Maniates - A Hero of Two Nations Learn the story of a young paratrooper who is the only known American soldier to have served in combat with both the United States Army and the Soviet Red Army in World War II. He took part in Mission Albany, the airborne landings of the 101st Airborne […]

Lecture Series: Garret Shetrawski – The Life and Legacy of Captain Andrew Haldane

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Garret Shetrawski – The Life and Legacy of Captain Andrew Haldane Also known as Ack Ack, using skills he learned as captain of the football and baseball teams in Bowdoin College, led his men bravely though the battlefield of the Pacific. His story is portrayed in the 2010 HBO Miniseries The Pacific.

Lecture Series: Ed Gordon – The Other Nuremberg: The Tokyo War Crimes Trial (1946-1948)

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Ed Gordon – The Other Nuremberg: The Tokyo War Crimes Trial (1946-1948) During World War II political and military leaders of the Empire of Japan committed major war crimes and crimes against humanity. Over 6 million civilians and prisoners of war were killed by the Japanese. Three percent of Allied soldiers died in German and […]

Lecture Series: David Dworak – The War of Supply

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

David Dworak – The War of Supply The era of modern warfare introduced in World War II presented the Allied Powers with one of the more complicated logistical challenges of the century: how to develop an extensive support network that could supply and maintain a vast military force comprised of multiple services and many different […]

Lecture Series: Fred Johnson—The Fighting Seabee’s

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Fred Johnson—The Fighting Seabee’s Over 12,500 African Americans served in Seabee units in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II, a group largely forgotten today. During the war these men not only built advanced bases and offloaded cargo, but helped break institutional conceptions of race, paving the road toward complete integration of the […]

Lecture Series: Alex Kershaw—Patton’s Prayer: A True Story of Courage, Faith and Victory in WWII.

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Alex Kershaw—Patton's Prayer: A True Story of Courage, Faith and Victory in WWII. General George Patton needed a miracle. In December 1944, the Allies found themselves stuck. Rain had plagued the troops daily since September, turning roads into rivers of muck, slowing trucks and tanks to a crawl. A thick ceiling of clouds had grounded […]

Lecture Series: Bob DiCicco – Love Letters From the Front

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Bob DiCicco—Love Letters From the Front A musical tribute to the American GI’s of WWII. A poignant look at the letters from loved ones and the beautiful music that shaped the incredible era of the 1940’s.  

Lecture Series: Dr. Stephen Brecher – Penicillin, a Football Game, and the Golden age of Antibiotics in WWII

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

Dr. Stephen Brecher – Penicillin, a Football Game, and the Golden age of Antibiotics in WWII Learn about the secret weapon developed in WWII. This miracle drug is credited with saving the lives of 10 to 15 % of all WWII Casualties. Research and production of penicillin became the second highest priority of the war […]

Lecture Series: David Kertzer—The Pope at War

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

David Kertzer—The Pope at War Information from the newly opened Vatican archives, a groundbreaking, explosive, and riveting book about Pope Pius XII and his actions during World War II, including how he responded to the Holocaust. Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David Kertzer is the Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science at Brown University. He is an […]

Lecture Series: David Chrisinger – The Soldiers Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of WWII

Wright Museum of World War II 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

David Chrisinger - The Soldiers Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of WWII A beautiful reckoning with the life and work of the legendary journalist Ernie Pyle, who gave World War II a human face for millions of Americans even as he wrestled with his own demons. At the height of his fame and influence […]