Central Minnesota Museums Partner to Share Vietnam-Era History

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.

Did you know that the Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam project includes more than our exhibit? In fact, there is an entire slate of events. Thanks to Lauren Peck at the Minnesota Historical Society for providing this press release that explains all of the events associated with the project.

Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam series will include programs and exhibits at the Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, Minnesota Military Museum and Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum

Starting this month, three Little Falls museums, the Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum and the Minnesota Military Museum, are working together to host the event series, Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam. The museums will offer various programs and two exhibits where visitors can learn about different aspects of Vietnam-era history and share their own stories.

This series is offered in conjunction with Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, an initiative of Minnesota’s PBS stations to inspire Minnesotans to share stories, recognize bravery, express dissent and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war. The cornerstone of this initiative is the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Story Wall, made possible by people who’ve generously shared their stories.

This series is made possible through a Minnesota Humanities Center grant from the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam series includes:

Programs
April 21: Exhibit Opening & Story-Gathering Workshop, Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, 2-4 p.m.
The “Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” exhibit officially opens, with the exhibit featuring items loaned by the public. During the event, staff and volunteers will help Central Minnesota residents organize and prepare their stories for submission to the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Story Wall.

May 4: Anti-War Movement: Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
View clips on the 1970 Kent State shootings from Ken Burns’ documentary “The Vietnam War” and then join a guided discussion on the realities and effects of the anti-war movement.

June 23, Southeast Asian Refugees, Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, 10 a.m.-noon
As a result of the Vietnam conflict, many people from Southeast Asia came to Minnesota as refugees. Explore the refugee experience with a short reading from “Quiet as They Come” by Angie Chau followed by a discussion on the historical and current realities of refugees in the United States.

Aug. 13: Story-Gathering Workshop, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Staff and volunteers will help Central Minnesota residents organize and prepare their stories for submission to the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Story Wall.

Sept. 29: Veterans’ Voices, Minnesota Military Museum, 10 a.m.-noon
Read oral histories from Minnesota’s servicemen and women who fought in the Vietnam War and then join a guided discussion on what the Vietnam War meant to those who served during it.

Exhibits
“Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” 
Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, April 21-Dec. 31, 2018
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.

“Minnesota Voices from the Vietnam War”
Minnesota Military Museum, through December 2018
Minnesota servicemen and women stationed in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War share their memories and feelings. The exhibit focuses primarily on the ten year period from the start of major US military involvement in 1965 to the fall of Saigon in 1975.  It also covers U.S. Allies, early involvement at the end of WWII, and the war’s aftermath.

About the Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
The Charles Lindbergh House and Museum explores the complicated legacy of the first solo aviator to make a nonstop flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris. The site includes Lindbergh’s boyhood home, a National Historic Landmark, and a visitor center with museum exhibits. It is located across from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, two miles south of Little Falls at 1620 Lindbergh Drive. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org/lindbergh.

About the Morrison County Historical Society
The Morrison County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of Morrison County history. It owns and operates The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls, adjacent to the Lindbergh House and Museum.

About the Minnesota Military Museum
The Minnesota Military Museum seeks to strengthen public understanding of how armed conflicts and military institutions have shaped our state and national experience. We do this by documenting, preserving, and explaining military history as it was lived by the people of Minnesota.  We also function as a major repository in Minnesota for historical artifacts and records of a military nature.

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