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Oct 24, 2013

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RHODE ISLAND PREMIERE OF ACCLAIMED WORLD WAR II DOCUMENTARY HAPPENING IN WOONSOCKET NOVEMBER 7

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RHODE ISLAND PREMIERE OF ACCLAIMED WORLD WAR II DOCUMENTARY HAPPENING IN WOONSOCKET NOVEMBER 7

The Ghost Army Details Astonishing True Story with Connections to Historic Blackstone River Valley
Learn about an important Blackstone River Valley connection that played a significant role for helping US and Allied Forces during World War II in Europe.

The RI Historical Society & The Museum of Work & Culture present The Ghost Army, a special documentary premiere screening happening Friday, November 7, at 7 pm, at Stadium Theatre, Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI.

In June 1944 a secret US Army unit was tasked with a special mission to trick the enemy troops using deception to save lives.

The Alice Mill in Woonsocket, operated by the US Rubber Company, manufactured inflatable tanks that were used for this special classified mission.

The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops staged a traveling road show of deception designed to con the Germans right on the front lines. From Normandy to the Rhine, they conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Every move they made was top secret and their story was hushed up for decades after the war's end.

Many of the men chosen to carry out these deceptions were young artists recruited from art schools across the country. In their spare time, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique and moving visual record of their war. Some would go on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelley and photographer Art Kane.

This one-hour documentary, produced and directed by author/filmmaker Rick Beyer, a Rhode Island native, features interviews with nineteen Ghost Army veterans, as well as retired general Wesley Clark and other military historians.
Join in this special showing for food, drinks, and to meet Rick Beyer before and
after the Rhode Island theatrical premiere of the acclaimed documentary The Ghost Army. $30 tickets include the reception and screening, $10 tickets for screening only.

Reception begins at 5:30 pm, with the screening at 7 pm. For more details and reservations contact the Museum of Work & Culture at 401-769-9675 or e-mail aconway@rihs.org

Also, the Museum of Work & Culture, at Market Square, Woonsocket, RI will host a special Ghost Army Exhibit, presented by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. The exhibit runs November 11 through January 14 and highlights the Woonsocket manufacturing efforts and the workers involved in this secret military mission. More about this exhibit is available by calling 401-769-9675 and at www.rihs.org

More details on The Ghost Army documentary premiere on Thursday, November 7, along with the related exhibit debuting Monday, November 11, is available on the web at http://www.tourblackstone.com/ghostarmy.htm