Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
“The Vietnam Center and Archive Celebrates Black History Month,” an exhibit highlighting and honoring the contributions and achievements of African-American veterans from the Vietnam War Era, is now available online. The exhibit includes photographs, letters, moving images, and other documents related to African-American military service.
Image: Lt. Lilly [Last name unknown], Army Nurse Corps, in 91st Evacuation Hospital Emergency Room, 1970, VAN006504, James Evans Collection.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
On Monday, January 26, the Vietnam Center hosted a Tet party for the Texas Tech University Community in the Formby Room at the Southwest Collections building. Guests enjoyed a program on the Tet holiday presented by the Vietnamese Student Association and traditional Vietnamese dishes served to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Saigon Cafe and Mrs. Hanh Khanh Lam catered the event with dishes traditional for the Lunar New Year such as Banh Chung (a cake made of rice, beans, and pork wrapped in leaf), Cha Gio (fried spring rolls), ham and shrimp fried rice, lichee punch, sticky rice, fruit and other delicious items.
Texas Tech Student Phuong Minh To charms the crowd with stories about Tet traditions from her homeland of Vietnam. “Sunny,” as she is known in the U.S., is a member of the Vietnamese Student Association.
Daniel Sanchez of Southwest Collections, and Jake Bitonel and Jessica Fontenot, student assistants at the Vietnam Archive, sample traditional Vietnamese dishes at the Tet Party.
To view more photos of the 2009 Tet party, please visit the Vietnam Center’s online photo album
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Texas Tech University, the History department, and the Vietnam Center and Archive honored Dr. James Reckner with a retirement reception at the Merket Alumni Center on Friday, January 9. Dr. Reckner taught history at TTU for twenty years, and was the founding director of the Vietnam Center and Archive. Colleagues, former students, and Tech officials wished Dr. Reckner well in his retirement. He also received congratulations from U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, Interim Provost Dr. Jane Winer, Chancellor Kent Hance, and Khuc Minh Tho. In addition, the Vietnam Center and Archive and the History department gave Dr. Reckner gifts realted to his personal interest in photography, such as a telephoto lens, a digital picture frame, a tripod, and a photo printer.
Congratulations on your retirement, your twenty years of service to Texas Tech, and thank you for all you have done for the Vietnam Center and Archive, Dr. Reckner!
See more pictures of Dr. Reckner’s Retirement Reception in our photoalbum.
TTU News Article
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Vietnam Archive will be closed January 9th, from 2:30 to 5 PM so our staff and faculty may attend a retirement reception for founding director Dr. James Reckner at the Merket Alumni Center. Dr. Reckner has served Texas Tech for over 20 years as both a professor in the Department of History and as founding director of the Vietnam Center and Archive.
Photo: Dr. and Mrs. James Reckner
Friday, December 19, 2008
Slide VAS037301, December 1968, Jennifer Young Collection
Texas Tech University and the Vietnam Center and Archive will be closed December 23-January 2, 2009.
The staff and faculty of the Vietnam Center and Archive would like to wish you a happy holiday season.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Director of the Vietnam Center and Archive, Dr. Stephen F. Maxner, has received a Presidential appointment to the board of directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation, a government agency that works to strengthen the United States’ relationship with Vietnam through educational exchanges in science and technology. Congratulations, Dr. Maxner!
White House press release
Vietnam Education Foundation
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Oral Historian Dr. Kelly Crager will travel to Washington D.C. next week to participate in academic gatherings and a Congressional briefing. First on his agenda is a panel discussion, “American POWs of the Japanese: World War II Experiences,” at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, part of The Elliot School of International Affairs, at the George Washington University. On Wednesday, September 10 he will speak before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the issue of compensation for prisoners of the Japanese during World War II. Finally, on September 11, he will make a presentation on his recently published dissertation, “Hell under the Rising Sun: American POWs and the Building of the Burma-Thailand Death Railway,” at the Navy Memorial Lecture Hall, in an event co-sponsored by Navy Memorial and the Asia Society. Congratulations, Dr. Crager, on these outstanding achievements and contributions!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Are you a TTU student looking for an interesting and educational work opportunity? The Vietnam Archive is currently seeking applicants for a Student Assistant (Collection Processor)
. This new hire will work under the supervision of Associate Archivist Ty Lovelady, and will involve processing incoming collections of documents, photographs, books, maps, artifacts, and other primary sources from the Vietnam War Era.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Retired Army Helicopter pilot and a winner of the nation’s most prestigious military honor, Captain Ed Freeman, passed away on August 20 in Boise, Idaho, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Barbara, and sons Michael and Douglas Freeman.
Captain Freeman was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on November 14, 1965 at Landing Zone X-Ray, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam. His citation credits him with helping save 30 seriously wounded soldiers in 14 separate rescue missions in an unarmed helicopter. The heroic actions of Captain Freeman and others at the battles of Ia Drang were chronicled in the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young and the Mel Gibson film adaptation.
Vietnam Center and Archive staff had the honor of meeting Freeman at the 2005 40th
Anniversary Reunion of the Ia Drang
Battles held in Washington D.C. At the reunion, Dr. Richard Verrone interviewed
Captain Freeman about his experiences in that campaign.