Segments of THE VIETNAM WAR will form the basis of facilitated dialogues carried out with assistance from the Minnesota Humanities Center, local veterans service offices and several other local partners. Starting at 5:30 p.m. there will be an open house with refreshments and opportunity to have conversations with other attendees.
At 6 p.m. there will be a showing of two short video interviews created by SMSU students. The first features Vietnam War vet Charlie Hettling of Minneota and the second features Vietnam War protestor Russ Stanton. At 6:15 p.m. musician Butch Halterman of Montevideo will present a medley of songs popular during the Vietnam era.
At 6:30 p.m. the screening will begin with Vietnam War veteran, Bruce Richardson, project consultant for the Vietnam Veterans’ Voices project at the Minnesota Humanities Center, serving as the moderator. After an overview of the 10-part series has been shown, facilitated group discussions will be held.
Pioneer Public Television is also in the process of collecting and recording stories from area Vietnam War veterans who are interested in sharing their stories. A short preview of a local documentary made from these interviews will be shown in Marshall as part of the program at SMSU on September 12. Entitled “Vietnam Remembered: Interviews with Western and Southwestern Minnesota Veterans,” the program captures stories of several local Vietnam War veterans as part of the statewide Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Story Wall project. It will air on Pioneer on Sunday September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Funding for these events is being provided by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 2008 and by the Blandin Foundation.
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About Pioneer Public Television
Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. The station can be viewed over the air on KWCM Channel 10 in Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 in Worthington and K49FA in Fergus Falls as well as on dozens of cable channels and on satellite channels.
About the Minnesota Humanities Center:
Founded in 1971, the Minnesota Humanities Center is a statewide nonprofit organization and full service event center located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Humanities Center offers a new way to think about our future, grounded in the humanities, and collaborates with organizations and individuals to develop programs that facilitate and frame conversations and strengthen connections. The Humanities Center works to bring into public life the authentic voices of all people, especially those that have been absent or marginalized. The Humanities Center is a resource for the state of Minnesota and is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The mission of the Minnesota Humanities Center is to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society. More information about the Humanities Center is available at mnhum.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.