A free exhibit telling the story of the creators of the "Curious George" series opens October 17 at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street in Lincoln. The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey's Journey from France tells of the Reys escape from the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II. Lincoln City Libraries also is planning several events in connection with the exhibit, which will be on display through November 21.
The exhibit is based in part on the 2005 publication, The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York). The Jewish couple stashed a few belongings and manuscripts in their knapsacks and bicycle baskets and fled Paris in June 1940, starting a five month odyssey by bike, train and boat that would eventually bring them to the U.S. A month after their arrival, they received a new contract from Houghton Mifflin for "The Adventures of Fifi," later re-titled "The Adventures of Curious George," a series about an irrepressible brown monkey enjoyed by children for decades.
The exhibit features 27 framed art prints by Drummond and archival images from the DeGrummond Collection of Children's Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi It is being toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Events scheduled at the Bennett Martin Public Library during the exhibit include:
For more information on the exhibit and events, visit lincolnlibraries.org or call 402-441-8500.