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Genealogical society meeting to focus on Hollywood, WWII
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MONROE - The Green County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 in the second-floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library.

Edward F. Finch will present the program. Finch holds a doctorate in history education and for six years was executive director of the Stephenson County Museum in Freeport. Before that, he taught English, speech, debate, U.S. history and American studies at Freeport High School for more than 25 years.

During World War II, the American film industry produced more than 1,300 feature films, despite the fact cellulose used to make motion pictures was needed to produce munitions. Finch's program will explore the relationship between the major Hollywood studios and the American war effort, as well as a look at the creation and evolution of a new genre of film - the combat film. Excerpts from various films made during and after the war will be shown. Two display cases of family World War II memorabilia are located outside the research center in the lower level of the Monroe Public Library.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 815-868-2416 or 608-921-1537.