Wright Museum puts a spin on education

At the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, a big part of its mission is education with its 2018 Lecture Series, sponsored by Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney, its most visible component. What surprises many attendees, however, is the diversity of its programming.

“We do not always focus exclusively on World War II and we do not always just have typical lectures,” noted Mike Culver, Wright Museum executive director. “We present documentaries, have musical programs, and actors in one–person shows, too.”

The format is working, according to Culver, who said some lectures are literally “sold out” with 100 attendees, which could happen on September 4 with the documentary film, Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944.
Survivors of Malmedy
In this film by Tim Gray and narrated by Jason Beghe, star of NBC’s Chicago P.D., the subject concerns the story of the World War II massacre of American soldiers in Malmedy, Belgium in 1944.

After a short battle, more than 130 American GI’s were taken prisoner just outside Malmedy and herded into a field by a German SS division led by one of the Nazi’s most brutal commanders. The Germans gunned down the unarmed American in the largest single massacre of American troops in WWII.

“This is a powerful film and one that serves to make very real some of the tragedies experienced by Americans in the field,” said Culver.

Tim Gray is a national award-winning documentary film director, producer, and writer based in Rhode Island. Tim has produced and directed 20 documentary films on the personal stories of the World War II generation.

Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944 will be shown on Tuesday, September 4 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Admission is $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling 603-569-1212.

The Wright Museum’s Lecture Series takes place every Tuesday through the end of the museum’s season, which concludes Oct. 31.