There is a new addition to the Underground Vaults & Storage section at Strataca. Curators Ashley Maready and Lynn Ledeboer have put together an exhibit case featuring costumes and props used in the 2014 film Monuments Men. The film chronicles the story of 8 men and women charged with locating, tracking, and returning priceless works of art stolen by the Nazis during WWII.
The items on loan from Sony Pictures Studios Archives and Collections include an Army uniform and boots worn by actor Matt Damon in the film, along with a flashlight. There is also a map showing the locations of salt mines in Europe where art was hidden, and a copy of Adolf Hitler’s Nero Decree, which declared that in the event of Germany’s defeat in the war, the artwork, historical monuments, and tactical resources of Europe should be destroyed to keep them from ending up in the hands of the Allied Forces.
The story of the Monuments Men also relates to the creation of Underground Vaults & Storage, which has been keeping countless documents, Hollywood movie film, and other precious items safe in its salt mine storage facility in the Hutchinson Salt Mine since 1959.