The Kearney Public Library is hosting the wonderful art exhibit, “The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France”, through March 10, 2013. More than three generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of an irrepressible little brown monkey known as “Curious George”. But few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II. Stashing a few precious belongings and manuscripts in their knapsacks and the baskets of their bicycles, the Jewish couple fled Paris in June 1940, starting a five month odyssey by bike, train, and boat that would eventually bring them to American shores.
The exhibition features 27 art prints by artist Allen Drummond and additional archival images from the holdings of DeGrummond Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. The exhibition is based in part on the book “The Journey that Saved Curious George” by Louise Borden and Allen Drummond. This exhibit is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Nebraska Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional generous support from the Kearney Public Library Foundation.
The exhibit is open for viewing during regular library hours, on the second floor, at the Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney. Take some time to enjoy the journey that brought Curious George to America.