The National Archives’ new exhibition, Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War, opens to the public on November 10, 2017.
The Remembering Vietnam Opening Weekend events will include:
- November 10 at 12 p.m.Book Lecture: “Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam” by Amy Shively Hawk.
- November 10 at 2 p.m.Discussion: Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories with SGM Donna A. Lowery, USA, Ret. SGM Lowery was selected as one of the initial group of Army enlisted women to serve in Vietnam, arriving in 1967.
- November 10 at 4:30 p.m.Discussion led by the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (NCVHPA), with support from Bell Helicopter, on the displays of the Bell AH-1 Cobra, Bell UH-1 Iroquois, and Bell OH-58 Kiowa, which will be installed outside the building along Constitution Avenue for the Opening Weekend.
- November 11 at 11 a.m.Young Adult Book Discussion: See Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Child and Her Author. Award-winning author Frances O’Roark Dowell will explore her book “Shooting the Moon,” the story of 12-year-old Jamie, whose brother enlists in the Army and is sent to Vietnam. Guests will learn how the author researched what life was like in an American military family during this time and how she brought this story to life.
- November 11 at 2 p.m.Film Screening and Discussion: We Were Soldiers (2002: 139mins). Post-screening discussion with Joe Galloway, co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young.”
- November 11 at 7 p.m.Discussion: Vietnam Memorial 35th Anniversary Program presented in partnership with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Speakers include: Jim Knotts, President and CEO of VVMF; Jan Scruggs, Founder and President Emeritus of VVMF; Kristin Ann Hass, author and historian (“Carried to the Wall: American Memory and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial”); and members of the Remembering Vietnam Honorary Committee.
In the first major exhibition on the war in the Archives’ history – and the only formal U.S. government exhibit recognizing the 50th anniversary – Remembering Vietnam will use original documents, artifacts, and film footage to explore the policies and decisions that initiated and then escalated American economic and military aid to South Vietnam. Interviews with veterans, journalists, members of the peace movement, Vietnamese civilians, and leading Vietnam War historians provide first-person testimony and analysis of the events.
Remembering Vietnam is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, through January 6, 2019. More information is available at: https://www.archivesfoundation.org/vietnam.
Remembering Vietnam is presented in part by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, AARP, FedEx Corporation, and the National Archives Foundation. Additional support provided by the Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, The Eliasberg Family Foundation, Inc., and HISTORYⓇ. The Opening Weekend Celebration is presented in part by L3 Technologies, Inc. and Bell Helicopter.