Exhibit Opening: Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

A selection of loaned artifacts for the Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam exhibit, Morrison County Historical Society, 2018.

A selection of loaned artifacts for the Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam exhibit, Morrison County Historical Society, 2018.

Due to the weather, the exhibit opening has been postponed until Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.

In contrast to World War II, which encouraged civilians in the United States to contribute to the war effort in multiple ways, the Vietnam War did not have the same sort of civilian involvement. That doesn’t mean people on the home front weren’t affected by the war; they were – as evidenced by war protests, the wearing of POW bracelets, and the many stories people of the era now have to share. Along with changing the lives of soldiers and American civilians, the war also uprooted Southeast Asian populations, sending refugees to the United tates to build new lives.

To explore these many aspects of the Vietnam War, the Morrison County Historical Society is hosting a special event to open its new exhibit, “Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam.” The exhibit features loaned items from the public that show various aspects of the war, from the uniforms, maps and other items of combat veterans to photos related to war protests and stories of refugees. It will also provide a glimpse of everyday life in Central Minnesota while troops were engaged overseas.

Due to the weather, the exhibit opening has been postponed until Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.

“Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” opens on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls, MN. The event will run from 2-4 p.m. and will include opportunities for people to share their stories related to the Vietnam War.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For those who can’t attend the opening, the exhibit will be available for viewing during the museum’s regular hours (Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat, 10-5) until the end of 2018.

For more information, call 320-632-4007.

“Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” is part of Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, an initiative led by Twin Cities PBS aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to remember, share stories, recognize bravery, express their reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war. TPT is partnering with the Minnesota Humanities Center to bring public conversations around these topics to communities across the state, thanks to support from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

 

2 Comments

  1. Are you having any speakers, entertainment or anything special or just an open exhibit?

  2. Morrison County Historical Society

    Hi, Shaun – The exhibit is the feature of the day, particularly because so many people loaned us items for it, however, we are also having a workshop to help people tell their stories for the Vietnam War story wall at PBS. Check out the story wall here: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/

    I will give a brief introduction to the exhibit, probably around 2:30 p.m., and their will be refreshments.

    Mary Warner
    Executive Director

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