Nickerson Lecture: Robert Edsel

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Date(s) - October 13, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Brewster Ladies' Library


Robert Edsel — author, founder, and president of the Monuments Men Foundation — will be the featured speaker for the Frances Mapes Nickerson Memorial Lecture in Brewster on October 13, 2018. The Brewster Ladies’ Library Association sponsors this annual event in memory and honor of Mrs. Nickerson, long-time Brewster resident and library benefactor.

Robert Edsel is recognized today as one of the world’s foremost advocates for art preservation. While living in Florence, he developed a great passion for art and architecture, and became curious as to how so many monuments and great works of art survived the thefts and devastation of World War II. What began as a question evolved into an impassioned journey to unravel the secrets and heroics of the Monuments Men, the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures for the benefit of civilization. Edsel has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the meticulous research of these cultural heroes, which culminated in Edsel’s New York Times best-selling book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

Edsel is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a non-profit entity. The Foundation was one of ten recipients of the 2007 National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given by the United States for excellence in the Humanities field.

Edsel delivers an enlightening and interactive presentation that brings together history and culture using slides of treasured monuments, never-before-seen works of art, and little-known historical anecdotes. By bringing the story of the Monuments Men to the forefront — and shedding light on all they risked and sacrificed to preserve art and culture — Edsel compels audiences to explore the question: Is art worth a life? What can we do now to preserve artifacts from the past?

Please go to this link to register: or visit the Library’s website at

Reservations will be recorded in the order in which they are received.  Please do not call the church or the Library to request a reservation. Only requests made through the automated reservation system can be honored. A reservation provides for a general admission seat, but not a specific seat.  Those with reservations will receive a confirmation and will check in at the reception desk the night of the program.

The lecture will take place on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brewster Baptist Church adjacent to the Library.

Nickerson Lecture: Robert Edsel
737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
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