Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates
Today the U. S. Marine Corps turns 237, and the Vietnam Center and Archive wants to wish the Marine Corps and all U. S. Marines a very happy birthday! To celebrate we have created a small exhibit of Marine related materials. To view the exhibit, please click on the link below.
Today is the Navy’s 237th birthday, and the Vietnam Center and Archive wants to wish the Navy and all Navy personnel a very happy birthday. We have prepared a small exhibit of Navy materials from our collection to commemorate the occasion. Please click on the link below.
The third Friday in September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. There are 83,414 Americans listed as MIA since WWII, including 1,655 from the Vietnam War. Please take a moment today to remember those who are still missing from the Vietnam War and all other wars.
To learn more about efforts to account for and recover all of our missing personnel, visit the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).
Today the Air Force turns 65! The Vietnam Center and Archive wants to wish the Air Force and all of its service men and women a very happy birthday. To commemorate this event, we have created a small of exhibit of our Air Force related materials. You can view the exhibit by clicking on the link below.
On August 4, 1790 the U. S. Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to provide a new military branch for the country, the Revenue Cutter Service. This service enforced tariff and trade laws, prevented smuggling and ensured the collection of federal revenue from ships and marine trade. Over its life time the Revenue Cutter Service took on new duties: protecting the nation’s shore line, search and rescue and maintaining all of the country’s light houses. In 1915 they changed their name to the U. S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard not only protects our nation’s shores it also serves under the Department of the Navy in all of our armed conflicts. Today the Coast Guard turns 222 and we have gathered a few Coast Guard related items from our collection to commemorate the occasion. To all the men and women of the Coast Guard, thank you for your service and Happy Birthday!
The Lubbock PBS station, KTXT, has produced a third show in their Keeping it Local series focused on the Vietnam Center and Archive, this time featuring information about the potential new building that would house the Center and Archive, as well as a new museum. The show can be viewed online on KTXT’s YouTube channel [http://www.youtube.com/ktxtdt], or by clicking the play icon below.
The Vietnam Center and Archive is being featured in the library showcase of the ilovelibraries.org website. Ilovelibraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), includes an article in their November issue by VNCA Associate Director/Archivist Mary Saffell titled An Archival Memorial: Documenting the War in Vietnam. This extensive piece includes an overview of the Center and Archive and our history, some of the unique collections held by the Archive, and ways for people to keep up with news about the VNCA. The complete article can be read online at ilovelibraries.org.
The ALA was started in 1853 with the mission to promote library service and librarianship and currently has over 66,000 members. The ilovelibraries.org site was launched in 2007 to “keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries, focusing on public, school, corporate and institutional settings.”
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.