November 12, 1 pm
“Seeing the War: Stories behind the Famous Photographs of WWII,” illustrated talk by military historian David P. Colley. The famous pictures from Life magazine and the seldom-seen snapshots of individual soldiers, sailors, and correspondents have a unique capacity to induce awe, respect, and wonder. Who were these men and women? Colley has been researching the subjects of World War II photographs for more than twenty years. As he explains: “We never stop and ask about the toll of war or what happened to the men afterward. Many were killed or wounded or suffered deep psychological scars. The year 2015 marked the seventieth anniversary of the end of that war. It will undoubtedly be one of the last times this nation honors its living World War II veterans.” Colley will point to local angles – an Easton sailor and a Bethlehem-Allentown nurse, plus men from the 28th Division, (the Pennsylvania National Guard division) plus General Mcauliffe of Bastogne fame. A section of Rt 33 in Bethlehem Township is named after him.
Colley will hold a book-signing after the talk. Free with museum admission.