We are still fascinated by the extraordinary stories of courage, cunning and perseverance during World War II. The work of the so called Monuments Men are no exception. The Monuments Men were created in 1943. The unit was tasked with protecting historical buildings and works of art in the European arena of the war.
Earlier this year, the post war diaries of one of the Monument Men, S. Lane Faison Jr., was donated to the National Archives and Records Administration of the Unite States. Faison was a noted art historian. He was responsible for identifying and reporting on the art collections stolen by Adolph Hitler. However, the diaries donated to NARA are from a the time in his life after the war, working on the Munich Central Collecting Point, overseeing the return of stolen art and items of cultural significance to their country of origin. He also played a part in the Nuremburg trials, investigating Nazi documentation to determine what happened to prominent pieces of art work and interrogating Nazi official to determine the location of the stolen art.
Fiason’s diaries will now be a part of the NARA’s Monuments Men collection, all of the official documents and reports generated by the unit for the United State government, as well as German documentation.
For more information on Fiason’s diaries, the Monuments Men or the NARA collection please go to:
Remembering the War to End All Wars
Over the past year, the Nevada State Archives has been celebrating and remembering the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. The collection exhibit includes war time pamphlets, political commentary and soldier’s service records.
Gambling with Gifts
In addition to the World War I exhibit, the State Archives has been given gifts presented to the Gaming Control Board, among other agencies, from their international partners. The Gaming Control Board oversees and regulates gambling in the state of Nevada, but their influence reaches all over the world in the gambling industry. The gifts have come from all over the globe, from beautiful sculptures from China and Malaysia to a commendation from the country of Tonga.
If you find yourself in the Carson City, Nevada area, please come by and enjoy their exhibits.