“The Last Good War” exhibit educates, inspires visitors

In September, The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II opened at Wright Museum, its last exhibit of the 2019 season.

“It’s a remarkable exhibit with very powerful visuals,” explained museum Executive Director Mike Culver. “If you have not visited us this year, this exhibit alone is worth the trip.”

The exhibit features photographs of World War II veterans by Thomas Sanders, who traveled the nation to record in pictures and words experiences from those who fought the “last good war.”

The exhibit has already made an impression on residents from Taylor Community, which is co-sponsoring the exhibit with The Weirs Times. As part of the sponsorship, nearly 2-dozen residents recently visited the museum for a special tour of the exhibit with Culver.

“It was wonderful to have them here with many Taylor residents from ‘the greatest generation’ themselves,” said Culver. “This exhibit is important because it shows and tells stories from the greatest generation. We need these stories before we lose direct contact with them and that seminal period of American history.”

Previous exhibits at Wright Museum this year included Esquire Magazine:  The World War II Years and Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, developed by the National Museum of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service. 

“It’s been a wonderful year of exhibits at The Wright,” added Culver. “I hope we can encourage anyone who has not seen the current exhibit to visit and experience ‘the greatest generation’ via both image and word.”

The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II runs through the end of the museum’s season on October 31.

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