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Tom Lea: LIFE and World War II
Special Exhibit on View
June 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017
The Museum's newest exhibit, Tom Lea: LIFE and World War II, features 26 iconic pieces of original works from LIFE magazine war correspondent and artist Tom Lea. An El Paso, Texas, native, Lea covered many aspects of the war—from experiencing convoy battles in the North Atlantic firsthand to hitting the beach at Peleliu in the Pacific with US Marines. In its June 11, 1945, issue, LIFE devoted seven pages to Lea's stark, visceral images of the Battle of Peleliu, including one of the most publicly recognizable artworks of the war, That 2,000 Yard Stare, which shows a hollow-eyed US Marine conveying the often unseen psychological wounds of combat veterans. Supplementing the artwork—which is on loan from the US Army Center of Military History—will be interpretive text panels produced by the Museum with content provided by the Tom Lea Institute. Additional artifacts will include Lea's drawing table, brushes, and easel on loan from the Tom Lea Institute, and sketches drawn by Lea on loan from the collection of Judy and Jamey Clement. Oral histories of Peleliu veterans collected by the Museum will also be featured. The collection will be on display until January 1, 2017.
Sponsored by The Woldenberg Foundation. Additional support provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, and James III, Judy, and Jamey Clement. Special thanks to Adair Margo, the Tom Lea Institute, and the US Army Center of Military History.
This exhibit contains images of a very graphic nature, including scenes that may be too intense for younger viewers. Parental guidance is suggested.
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1944 Rohwer Center High School Yearbook
At first glance, the pages of the 1944 Résumé yearbook make Rohwer Center High School seem like any other high school on the Home Front: rich with student life, activities, victory gardens, and dances. In reality, however, the experience of Rohwer Center students couldn't have been more different. The school, located at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in McGeehee, Arkansas, was created to educate the children of Japanese American descent who were forced from their homes along the West Coast of the United States and required to live behind barbed wire for the duration of World War II, far from the homes they knew. Located in remote areas of the country, these camps were modeled after military facilities with guard towers and tar-paper barracks as everyday features. Roughly 120,000 men, women, and children from 1942 – 1945 were held without trials, and nearly 70,000 of those evicted were American citizens. Ultimately, not a single Japanese American person was ever convicted of espionage or acts of sabotage against the United States.
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There would be no second chance for the Allies: the fate of their cause hung upon this decisive day.
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