Wright Museum hosts Memories of World War II to conclude 2020 Season

Through October 31, visitors have the opportunity to explore “Memories of World War II,” the final exhibit of the 2020 season for the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro.

Featuring 50 black and white photographs from the Associated Press Archives, museum Executive Director Mike Culver said the exhibit includes “iconic images taken by the best photojournalists of the period.”

“It is one of the finest photographic exhibits about World War II that I have seen,” he said. “If you knew little about the war, but view the images in this show, you would have a profound sense of the enormity of the event and its chronology.”

Examples of images in the exhibit include the German Army marching into Paris under the Champs-Elysees, Bob Hope and Martha Raye entertaining American troops and raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.

“The exhibit provides a visual overview of the war that is unmatched,” said Culver, who noted nearly 200 reporters and photographers “fanned out around the globe” to cover the war.

According to Culver, 5 reporters lost their lives, while seven others won Pulitzer Prizes, including Joe Rosenthal, who took one of the most famous photos of all time as the American flag was raised on Mount Suribachi.

“The Wright is fortunate to have this exhibit on extended loan from the Associated Press Archives,” he added. “If you wanted to give a young person an engaging introduction to this period of American and World history, or remind yourself of the impact of  the war then and now, this is the exhibit to see.”

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