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Sep 12, 2013

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The Ghost Army Comes to Woonsocket

War, deception and art come together in The Ghost Army of WWII – Artists of Deception, a unique exhibit on display at the Museum of Work and Culture from November 11, 2013 to January 31, 2014. 

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The Ghost Army Comes to Woonsocket

War, deception and art come together in The Ghost Army of WWII – Artists of Deception, a unique exhibit on display at the Museum of Work and Culture from November 11, 2013 to January 31, 2014. The exhibit tells the astonishing true story of American G.I.s who duped Hitler’s army with carefully crafted illusions. During WWII, the 23rd HQ Special Troops undertook a bizarre mission: to deceive the Axis forces on the battlefields of Europe by means of visual and auditory subterfuge, including an array of inflatable weapons and transport, phony radio broadcasts, and even playacting! The exhibit features deception artifacts, rare photographs, as well as reproduction of the art created by the soldiers of the 23rd,, and is sponsored by Blackstone Valley Tourism.

The secret mission of the Ghost Army was kept under wraps by the Pentagon for nearly fifty years, but Rick Beyer reveals what these soldiers accomplished in his PBS documentary The Ghost Army. The Rhode Island theatrical premiere of the documentary, along with the new footage on Woonsocket’s role in the Ghost Army, will take place at 7:00 PM on November 7, 2013, at the Stadium Theatre, presented by The Call and The Times. Tickets for the screening, priced at $10, can be purchased in advance at the Stadium Theatre or at the Museum of Work & Culture.

There will also be a pre- and post-screening reception to benefit the Museum of Work & Culture. Join us and filmmaker Rick Beyer at 5:30 PM for food, drinks, and fun! Tickets for the reception are $30 and include admission to the film screening. They can be purchased in advance at the Museum only. The reception is currently sponsored by Paul and Denise Bourget of Bourget & Associates, Braver PC, Conway Tours, Soucy Insurance Agency, and Oakland Grove Health Care Center. Contact Museum co-director Anne Conway for information on tickets at aconway@rihs.org or (401) 769-9675.