Behind George Clooney's new film based on the book, The Monuments Men, there are incredible stories about Ohioans who took part in the greatest treasure hunt and cultural rescue in the history of the world. Even before World War II began, museum directors and art faculty from Harvard and Princeton approached President Roosevelt about the potential war-time destruction of Europe's artistic heritage. There concerns escalated as Nazi leaders started appropriating art from museum and individuals' collections. In June of 1943, Roosevelt established the Roberts Commission, and volunteers from the museum community and universities around the nation left their homes to serve on the front lines, to locate, and to save as many artistic treasures as possible. At the close of the war and afterwards, they attempted to return the treasures to their rightful owners. One of these brave men was Stewart Leonard, the first Director of the Zanesville Art Institute. Another was Otto Wittman, Director of the Toledo Museum of Art; a third was James Rorimer, a Clevelander, who went on the found the Cloisters Museum in New York. Join us for this fascinating presentation by Susan Talbot-Stanaway, former Director of the Zanesville Museum of Art, when she shares the true story of Ohio's Monuments Men. Free reservations for this program can be made by contacting the Reference Desk at John McIntire Library - 740.453.0391, ext. 116 or 132.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm