Presentation by Nancy Trask – Sponsored by ARISE
Sunday, February 18, 2 p.m.
American Legion Memorial Building (the Armory) 201 Poplar, Atlantic
Program Description: Nancy Trask will present historical slides about the WWII Monuments Men, especially introducing George Stout, who was born and raised in Winterset, Iowa. George Clooney’s character in “The Monuments Men” movie was based on George Stout, although the character was named Frank Stokes for the sake of artistic license in the movie. Nancy’s slides have been collected from extensive research, including conversations with George Stout’s family; magazine and newspaper articles from a publicist working for the George Clooney movie; historical Winterset resources; internet resources; and historical books including “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” by Robert M. Edsel (2009), “Salt Mines and Castles,” by Monuments Man Thomas C. Howe (1946), “Survival: The Salvage and Protection of Art in War,“ by Monuments Man James J. Rorimer (1950), and “The Rape of Europa,” by Lynn H. Nicholas (1994).
George Stout was a graduate of University of Iowa. Learn more about him by searching for University of Iowa George Stout.
Nancy Trask grew up in Winterset, earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Oklahoma, and recently retired from the Winterset Public Library where she was the Director from 2004-2016. Her interest in World War II was enhanced by lifelong conversations with her father, a Purple Heart veteran of Normandy. Her expertise in the history of George Stout and the Monuments Men has led to her current involvement in a documentary being made about Stout, a public artwork in memory of Stout which is nearly completed in Winterset, and founding of The George Stout Fellowship for Art in the Public Sphere.