Wright Museum to host Symposium on D-Day

Sponsored by Two International Group and hosted by the Wright Museum, Symposium on D-Day will feature two national best-selling authors, Patrick O’Donnell and Alex Kershaw in what is expected to attract hundreds.

Taking place on July 23, the event will honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which museum Executive Director Mike Culver described as “one of the most important events in 20th century world history.”

“We are so grateful for the support of Two International Group, which has enabled us to plan an event with authors we could not have brought here otherwise,” he said.

An expert on America’s elite and special operations units, Patrick O’Donnell, author of D-Day themed Dog Company, has written books that span the American Revolution to the Battle of Fallujah. Some of his other books include Beyond Valor, The Unknowns, Give Me Tomorrow, and Into the Rising Sun.

With his newest D-Day book, First Wave, scheduled for publication in May, historian Alex Kershaw worked as a journalist for The Guardian and other newspapers before moving to the US in 1994. His 2012 book, The Liberator, is being made into a drama series that will air on Netflix in 2020.

At the Symposium, Culver said both authors will provide their perspective on D-Day and WWII, subjects about which they have each written extensively.

“Their perspective is respected by historians throughout the world, so this is a unique opportunity to hear from and speak with them,” he added.

Symposium on D-Day will take place from 1 pm to 5 pm in the Great Hall of Wolfeboro Town Hall in Wolfeboro. Following a Q&A session, both authors will sign copies of their books (available for purchase). Admission is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.

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 home front and battle field.