Monthly Dinner Special Guest Speaker
June 3rd, 2015
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Huchthausen graduated from Cal Lutheran University where he majored in Political Science and American History. He later was inducted into the Cal Lutheran Hall of Fame for basketball and baseball. After college, Jim continued his studies at Cal State Northridge and earned a Master’s degree.
Jim served in the Navy in the late 1960s. His ship carried fuel from Danang, Vietnam to an Army base on the Cua Viet River, just south of the DMZ.
Upon returning to the states, Jim taught Political Science and United States History for 33 years. His last assignment was at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.
Jim is a Fulbright scholar, having studied in Umbria Province in Italy. He also received a United States Department of Education grant to study in Shanghai, China.
After retiring from teaching 13 years ago, Jim and his wife Thelma moved to Cambria where he studied glass art. He is now a glass artist and has his fused glass pieces in several places in Cambria and Morro Bay.
Jim’s uncle, Walter Huchthausen, was one of 400 men who volunteered to go to Europe in 1944. He was chosen to be in charge of northwestern Germany (once the war was over) to locate artwork, which Hitler had confiscated. He was stationed in Holland in 1944. Later on April 3, 1945, he and his jeep driver were sent on a mission to find a stolen altarpiece. He was near Aachen, Germany, which is in the southwest of Germany. He was told that the area had been liberated. It was on that day (about 5 weeks before V-E Day that he and his driver were ambushed by Nazi soldiers. Jim’s uncle was killed. He was one of two (out of a total of around 400) Monuments Men who died while attempting to retrieve stolen art pieces. He was 40-years old when he was killed and was a professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota.
Among other things, Jim’s uncle was “commissioned” to find the famous “Altar Piece” which had been in Ghent. It is also known as “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” or “The Lamb of God.”
Jim will be speaking about his uncle. Also there is a World War II museum in New Orleans. In 2016 or 2017, they are opening a new wing that will be dedicated to the Monuments Men. Jim will be donating about 20 of his uncle’s paintings, his Purple Heart, and various letters involving the Army to the museum.
The story was made into a movie in 2014 titled: “The Monuments Men” starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin.
View pictures from May dinner click here.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.
Warbirds Wings & Wheels 7 was an outstanding success thanks to the great number of Estrella Warbird Museum members who volunteered, headed by Dan & Carol Verstuyft, to insure that everything went smoothly. Take some time and enjoy all the pictures, leave a comment or share your own pictures of the event. The Verstuyfts wish to thank everyone involved for their invaluable assistance!
Estrella Warbird Museum Curator, Jill Thayer, recently had the privilege of interviewing Bonnie Meyer, a lovely 92 year old WWII WAC Veteran who served in the Mediterranean Theater. Her oral history will be transcribed and featured in a future exhibition at Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles. The narratives will also be contributed on behalf of the museum to the Smithsonian Institution.
Pfauter Red Ball Express Building Starts Taking Shape
The second portion of a three phase major expansion for Estrella Warbirds Museum, the 5000 square foot Pfauter "Red Ball Express" building, has been nearly completed.
which will house an exceptional collection of WWII vehicles, many which took part of the famous "Red Ball Express". The collection is generously being provided by Herman Phauter. We are thankful for his interest in Estrella Warbirds Museum and the fact that he shares the same goal we do in wishing to preserve yesterday's history for tomorrows generation.
We are hoping to have construction completed early summer. As you may be aware, all construction projects are fully funded prior to commencemnt of any project. We pride ourselves in raising our own funds without the assistance of goverment grants. We are a local community based 501(c)(3) non-profit and have grown tremendously since the original idea of a museum by two wonderful men with two airplanes and a big vision. Little did they know were we will be today.
Follow the construction progress pictures. click here.