A Hotel Goes to Peace, Not War: The Story of the Mount Washington Hotel and the International Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods


Program Description:

NEW! This presentation covers the 1944 International Monetary Conference at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. In preparation for the conference, the resort, which had been closed because of the war, was quickly reopened, hastily staffed and redecorated. It also traces the "world" from the close of WWI, with Germany rendered unable to survive, giving rise to Wiemar and of course the Third Reich, WWII, and on to Bretton Woods. One of the fascinating parts of the story is that the Chief US negotiator was also a master spy for the Russians, so all the US tactics at the conference were being fed to the Russians. Much of the economic turmoil of today is related to the topics at Bretton Woods: The World Bank, The International Monetary fund, and currency stabilization. Recently the original transcripts of the Conference have been discovered. Professor Lindblade has been able to incorporate this content into his presentation. This, plus information from locals who were there (or had relatives there) make this a a vital new presentation.


Carl E. Lindblade

Carl began his hotel career at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch and for the past 40+ years has operated 3 and 4 diamond hotels and resorts. In addition to years of hands on experience he brings a commitment to community and industry service. Among his assignments he was a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Travel and Tourism, Interim Director of the NH office of Travel and Tourism Development, Innkeeper of the Year, Travel Person of the Year, Past President of the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association and American Hotel and Lodging Association Volunteer of the Year. He is currently a lecturer in the hospitality management department at the University of New Hampshire where he enjoys teaching as it affords him the opportunity to share experiences with students. In 2009, as a volunteer , Carl coached the Conway New Hampshire Kennett High School's Lodging Class to a national championship in a competition sponsored by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

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