- THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
- Texas Tech University
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), a nationally recognized time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the United States’ history, culture, and society. May was chosen as APAHM due to two important historical dates and events relating to the contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans to the U.S. taking place in May. First, May 7, 1843 is the date the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. arrived. Second, May 10, 1869 is when the transcontinental railroad was completed; many Chinese immigrants labored laying the tracks.
To celebrate APAHM, we have updated our APAHM online exhibit to include new information and materials, including items from the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association collection Orderly Departure Program files that are currently being digitized. These records, donated by the Vietnamese American Historical Foundation, document the history of many Vietnamese who immigrated to the US after the war and who eventually became US citizens.
To find out more about APAHM, view our APAHM online exhibit.
Today is the start of Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration, and 2012 is the year of the dragon. To celebrate this traditional holiday, we have created an online exhibit that is an exploration of the Tet holiday and its customs, history, and traditions, supplemented with items from our collection. To learn more about this unique holiday, please visit the exhibit at http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/exhibits/tet/.
We also remember Tet for the events that happened across the Republic of Vietnam on January 31st of 1968, known as the Tet Offensive. Early that morning Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched surprise assaults on nearly all of the provincial capitals and urban areas of South Vietnam in an effort to bring about the collapse of the South Vietnamese government. To learn more about the Tet Offensive and the events of that day, visit our online exhibit at http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/exhibits/Tet68/.
Today is the U.S. Marines 236th Birthday and the staff of the Vietnam Center and Archive wish to say Happy Birthday and thank you Marines for your service. We have created a small exhibit of Marine items from our collection to celebrate this day. To see the exhibit, click on the link below.
Today is the Navy’s 236th birthday! The Vietnam Center and Archive staff want to wish the Navy and all of its personnel past and present a very happy birthday. To comemorate this day, we have created a small exhibit of Navy items. You can view the exhibit by clicking on the link below.
Today is the Air Force’s 64th birthday, and the staff of the Vietnam Center & Archive want to wish the Air Force a very Happy Birthday! We have created a small exhibit of Air Force related materials from our collection to celebrate. You can click here to view the exhibit, or use the link at the bottom of this post.
Today the U. S. Coast Guard turns 221. To honor the Coast Guard and celebrate their birthday, we have created a small exhibit of Coast Guard materials from our collection. The Vietnam Center and Archive staff would like to say thank you to all of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard for all that they do. Click on the link below to see the exhibit.
The Vietnam Center and Archive is pleased to announce two new exhibits on the Texas Tech Campus:
The Montagnards of Vietnam exhibit is located in the Cornelli Globe Rotunda of the Special Collections Library and will be on display through the remainder of 2011. The Montagnards are an indigenous people native to the Central Highlands of Vietnam and are ethnically distinct from the Vietnamese. During the Vietnam War many of the Montagnards fought alongside the Americans, particularly with US Special Forces. This exhibit displays many unique artifacts of Montagnard culture and focuses on the collection of anthropologist Dr. Gerald Hickey.
The Vietnam Center and Archive exhibit is located in the Student Union Building behind the Allen Theatre, and will be on display through July 14th. This exhibit features a variety of items from the Archive’s collections, representing a small sampling of the selection of resources available through the Center and Archive.
We hope that if you are on campus you will be able to take a moment to see these great exhibits.
Today is the Army’s 236th birthday! So happy, happy birthday U.S. Army. To celebrate the day we have created a small exhibit with Army materials from our collection. To view the exhibit click on the link below.
The Vietnam Archive is proud to unveil its new program and online exhibit “Techsans in the Vietnam War.” We created this program to honor Texas Tech grads who served in the Vietnam War. Anyone can nominate a veteran for this program. The requirements are that the honoree graduated from Texas Tech University, before or after their service, and served in Vietnam between 1960–1975. If you nominate someone for this program, please assist us by filling out our Techsans in the Vietnam War Biographical Submission Form (available at the link below) and sending us images. If we have documents or images of an honoree in our collection, we will include them on their page, but the more information that you can provide to us the better. If you participate in this program, please consider donating your original images and documents to the archive, as we would love to be able to preserve materials from our TTU grads.
Once we receive your nomination, biography, and images, we will create a web page honoring or memorializing the Tech grad in our “Techsans in the Vietnam War” online exhibit. Please be aware that we want these pages to be well crafted, which means that we may take some time to put up an honor/memorial page, especially if we receive numerous requests at one time. We also reserve the right to exclude information or images from pages for any reason. If we receive a name with no images or biographical information and we are unable to find any information in our collection, we will add the name to a page in the exhibit that lists Tech grads that served and/or died in Vietnam and they will not have an individual page until we receive more information.
To start this program, we have memorial pages for three Texas Tech grads who were military officers who served and died in Vietnam. Please click on the exhibit link below to see the memorial pages for Lieutenant Lee Roy Herron, 1st Lieutenant Louis K. Breuer IV and Major Samuel B. Cornelius.
To nominate someone for this program please contact Amy Mondt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the exhibit or find the Techsans in the Vietnam War Submission Form click this link. www.vietnam.ttu.edu/exhibits/TTU
May 6 – 12 is Nurses Week; a week dedicated to saying thank you to nurses for all that they do for their patients and communities. In honor of this week, the Vietnam Center and Archive has developed an online exhibit titled National Nurses Week – Celebrating the Nurses of the Vietnam War. To see the exhibit please click on the title above or use the link at the bottom of this post.
In addition to the exhibit, the VNCA is hosting LeAnn Thieman, the third speaker in our Guest Lecture Series. Thieman is a nurse with over 30 years of experience who volunteered to help with Operation Babylift in the final days of the Vietnam War. She is also an author in the popular Chicken Soup series and will speaking at the Lanier Auditorium at the Texas Tech Law School on Thursday May 12th at 7:00. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about LeAnn or the guest lecture series, please visit the Guest Lecture Series site.
For all the nurses, thank you for all that you do.
National Nurses Week – Celebrating the Nurses of the Vietnam War
Guest Lecture Series