The Wright Museum of World War II was one of twenty-one local non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation this year. The $1750 grant, along with support from other local businesses, will be used to bring Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Associated Press Archives to the museum. This traveling exhibit contains 120 black and white photographs taken during the war by some of the most talented photographers of the era. The Wright Museum is the only 2015 New England venue for the exhibit and will be the home for the display between July 7 and September 12.
“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end World War II,” said Dr. Michael Culver, Executive Director for Wright Museum, “and we are very proud to have the community’s support as we pay tribute to this historic milestone by displaying some of the period’s most iconic images.”
Among the photographs in the exhibit are: the German Army marching into Paris under the Champs-Elysees; Londoners in the underground train stations; Hitler at Berchtesgaden; the bombing of Pearl Harbor; FDR, Churchill and Stalin at their Tehran conference; the D-Day invasion; Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Martha Raye entertaining American troops; the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima; MacArthur’s return to the Philippines; the liberation of German concentration camps; the surrender of the Japanese on the USS Missouri; the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square; and many more.
The Wright Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to broadening the public understanding and appreciation of the exceptional contributions made by World War II-era Americans. The Museum is located at 77 Center St, Wolfeboro, NH. The Museum is open daily Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday, Noon -4:00 pm. More information about the Wright Museum can be found at wrightmuseum.org; or by calling 603-569-1212.
MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 269 grants totaling $1,071,067 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the next grant cycle is October 15, 2015. Applications are available on the Bank’s website and at all MVSB offices.
Photo Caption: Dr. Michael Culver, Executive Director for Wright Museum (center) receives a $1750 check from Robyn Masteller, Regional Vice President for Meredith Village Savings Bank (right) and Nancy Stock, Branch and Business Development Manager for Meredith Village Savings Bank (left).