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The U-2 Incident, Preserving Cold War History, and Honoring Cold War Veterans

Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to a special presentation on the topic of

The U-2 Incident, Preserving Cold War History, and Honoring Cold War Veterans

Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
The Cold War Museum 

Monday, November 10
5:00-6:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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In this lecture, Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Cold War Museum and son of the downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, will dispel common myths about the U-2 incident and discuss the importance of preserving Cold War history. This lecture will be in honor of the veterans of the Cold War.

Copies of Operation Overflight, written by pilot Francis Gary Powers, will be available for purchase at the event. 

Francis Gary Powers, Jr.Francis Gary Powers, Jr. is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity, which he founded in 1996 to honor Cold War veterans and preserve Cold War history. In this capacity he created mobile exhibits on the Cold War and U-2 Incident which have been exhibited at museums worldwide, coordinated donation activities totaling over $3.0M in financial, artifact, and in-kind donations, and negotiated building space at Vint Hill Farms, the former Cold War era Army communication base, located 40 miles from Washington, DC. He is currently, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study and is working with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for commemorating, interpreting, and preservation.

Because of his efforts to establish The Cold War Museum, the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” for 2002. Gary lectures internationally and appears regularly on the History, Discovery, and A&E Channels.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master Degree in Public Administration / Certification in Non-profit Management from George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, Virginia. He is married and has one son.

Operation OverflightAbout Operation Overflight: In this new edition of his classic 1970 memoir about the notorious U-2 Incident, pilot Francis Gary Powers reveals the full story of what actually happened in the most sensational espionage case in Cold War history. The narrative is a tremendously exciting suspense story about a man who was labeled a traitor by many of his countrymen, but who emerged a Cold War hero.

Please click here to download a partial reading of Operation Overflight, read by William Hope and originally broadcast by the BBC, May 2000.