Allan Drummond, Escape from Paris, 2005, from the book The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France.

July 19 – September 16, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 5 – 8 pm

Several generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of a little brown monkey named “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 is based in part on the 2005 publication The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York). The exhibition is organized and curated by Beth Seldin Dotan, director of the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Swope is hosting The Journey that Save Curious George in partnership with CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The exhibition is made possible by grants from the City of Terre Haute and the Indiana Arts Commission.