The Rey Center Winter lecture series kicks off Friday December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm with “A Hotel Goes to Peace Not War” by Carl Lindblade. This presentation covers the 1944 International Monetary Conference at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. In preparation for the conference, the resort, which had been closed because of the war, was quickly reopened, hastily staffed and redecorated. It also traces the "world" from the close of WWI, with Germany rendered unable to survive, giving rise to Wiemar and of course the Third Reich, WWII, and on to Bretton Woods. One of the fascinating parts of the story is that the Chief US negotiator was also a master spy for the Russians, so all the US tactics at the conference were being fed to the Russians. Much of the economic turmoil of today is related to the topics at Bretton Woods: The World Bank, The International Monetary fund, and currency stabilization. Recently the original transcripts of the Conference have been discovered. Professor Lindblade has been able to incorporate this content into his presentation. This, plus information from locals who were there (or had relatives there) make this a vital new presentation.
About the speaker:
Carl began his hotel career at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch and for the past 40+ years has operated 3 and 4 diamond hotels and resorts. In addition to years of hands on experience he brings a commitment to community and industry service. Among his assignments he was a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Travel and Tourism, Interim Director of the NH office of Travel and Tourism Development, Innkeeper of the Year, Travel Person of the Year, Past President of the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association and American Hotel and Lodging Association Volunteer of the Year. He is currently a lecturer in the hospitality management department at the University of New Hampshire where he enjoys teaching as it affords him the opportunity to share experiences with students. In 2009, as a volunteer , Carl coached the Conway New Hampshire Kennett High School's Lodging Class to a national championship in a competition sponsored by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
The Rey Center Friday Night Lecture Series is a great night out. Come into Waterville for dinner at one of our local restaurants, and attend an inspiring lecture. Lecture fees and donations support the Rey Center’s art, science and nature education programs. All lectures are held in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square. The 2014 – 2015 Winter Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Lisa Reid. Lectures are free for Rey Center members and only $5 for not-yet-members (unless otherwise stated). For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit www.thereycenter.org or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s books series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and environmental stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit www.TheReyCenter.org.