Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Hours

REMINDER: The Vietnam Center and Archive will be closed for the holidays starting Saturday, December 21st 2013 through Tuesday, January 2nd 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation Day at Waters Elementary School

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) continued its commitment to honoring our veterans by participating in the third annual Veterans Appreciation Day.

On November 15th, 2013 several hundred students from Waters Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas attended the event. Students, grades Pre-K thru 5th, had the opportunity to view a restored Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War among other exhibits that celebrated our veterans.

VNCA staff, Kevin Sailsbury, shared with students in attendance era artifacts donated byVietnamveterans in “A Day in the Life of a Soldier.” Sheon Montgomery, VNCA Reference Archivist, also shared with the students the different types and uses of helicopters during the war. The event, which featured an informative exhibit timeline highlighting WWI through modern wars, also welcomed Kelly Crager and Vietnam Veteran pilot Lynn Stephens.

 

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Reminder: Astronaut Mike Mullane Lecture this Thursday

Astronaut and Vietnam Veteran Mike Mullane will be speaking this Thursday at 7:00pm in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.

This lecture series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  For more information on the 2012 VNCA Guest Lecture Series or about Rocky Bleier see http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013


The staff of the Vietnam Center and Archive would like say Thank You to all veterans, their families, friends, and loved ones for their service.

Veterans Day Events: The Vietnam Center and Archive’s Huey and Cobra helicopters were at the Texas Tech Lone Survivor Football Game honoring Purple Heart recipients this past weekend.  Today, VNCA staff and the Huey will be at the International Cultural Center on the TTU Campus presenting to elementary school tours about the Vietnam War, and on Friday at Waters Elementary here in Lubbock for their annual Veterans Day educational events..

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Guest Lecture Series Presents Astronaut Mike Mullane

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to present Astronaut and Vietnam War Veteran Mike Mullane on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00pm in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech University School of Law.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

A 1967 graduate of West Point, Mullane was commissioned in the USAF and served as a Weapon Systems Operator aboard an RF-4C Phantom, completing 150 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1978 he was selected as a Mission Specialist for the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions and logged 356 hours in space before retiring in 1990. Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

This is the final lecture in the Vietnam Center and Archive 2013 Guest Lecture Series.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.

This lecture series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  For more information on the 2013 VNCA Guest Lecture Series see http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS, or contact Mary Saffell at 806-742-9010 or mary.saffell@ttu.edu.

 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Reception Celebrating the Opening of the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit
[from www.buildthemonument.org]

The Vietnam Center and Archive would like to invite you to join us for a reception opening the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit.  This striking exhibit features 3,417 dog tags of all Texans who were killed-in-action or remain missing-in-action from the Vietnam War.  It is a personalized tribute by the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument to honor and remember every Texan who died in the Vietnam War. Two dog tags were hand-embossed with the name, rank, branch of service, date of loss and home of record of each Texan who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the American Armed Forces during Vietnam.  One of each tag is displayed in the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit.  The second will be entombed in the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument in March of 2014.  The Texans who died in the Vietnam War are remembered on silver tags.  The tags of the 102 Texan military personnel who are listed as Missing In Action are black.

The reception will take place on Tuesday October 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Texas Tech University Museum. The evening will feature a short program followed by refreshments.

Please direct any questions regarding this event to the Vietnam Center at 806-742-9010.  Thank you very much and we look forward to you joining us for this important event that honors and pays tribute to all Texas Vietnam Veterans.

Spotlight: Two New ODP Scanners

This October two new students joined the archive in scanning the FVPPA/VAHF Collection’s ODP Application files.

Alexia

Alexia

 

A Junior majoring in Biology, a Pre-PA (Physicians Assistant), Alexia is originally from Denver, Colorado. She moved to Cypress, TX eleven years ago. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially running and camping. Alexia started working at the archive in February of 2013 as an oral history transcriptionist. Having transcribed Khuc Minh Tho’s oral history interview has given her valuable insight into and understanding of the ODP files. What she enjoys most about scanning the ODP files is the detective aspect of finding the applicants information and making it available online. Alexia finds working at the archive interesting, especially learning history through the people/participants themselves.

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley is a Junior from Premont, TX, majoring in Community, Family and Addiction Studies. Inspired by “To Write Love on Her Arms,” Ashley’s goal is to have her own nonprofit organization that focuses on helping teenagers struggling with addictions, self harm, depression, and suicide by helping them get rehab and support services, as well as educating parents on how to assist their children through the process. Ashley loves to play sports, especially basketball, volley ball, and weight lifting. Ashley started working at the archive in September of 2013. What she enjoys most about working with the ODP files is reading about individual people, their stories, how much they care about their families, and how hard they tried to bring their families with them.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Look for the VNCA Website

The Vietnam Center and Archive website has a new look.  This redesign, in addition to the new color scheme, includes a new layout for the home page and improved navigation.  The Virtual Vietnam Archive has also been updated to include:

  • New color scheme
  • Ability to limit by media type on the simple search page
  • Filter search results by media type or by item availability
  • Sort by the date the item was created, or by the date the item was added to the Virtual Vietnam Archive
  • Larger preview images for photographs, slides, and artifacts
  • and more…

Both the VNCA website and the Virtual Vietnam Archive are now also optimized for use on mobile devices.

Please check out the site and let us know what you think!

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit Arrives at the Museum of Texas Tech University

Transfer Ceremony for the arrival of the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, part of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Project, arrived at the Museum of Texas Tech University today.  This moving tribute to honor and remember every Texan who died in the Vietnam War includes 3,417 hand-embossed dog tags, one for each Texan member of the US Armed Forces who died during the War, including 102 tags for Texans still listed as Missing in Action.  Visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibit through touching the tags.  The exhibit arrived escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders, and included a ceremony for the receiving of the exhibit by Texas Tech, represented by History professor and Vietnam Veteran Dr. Ron Milam.

The exhibit, cosponsored by the Museum of Texas Tech University and the Vietnam Center and Archive, will be on display October 24-November 14 during the Museum’s normal hours of Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm , as well as on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th.

For more information on the exhibit and on the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, visit buildthemonument.org

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders move the exhibit crates into the Museum

One of the seven panels of names


A few of the 3,417 dog tags

The Patriot Guard Riders help assemble the exhibit


Monday, October 21, 2013

Reminder: Ambassador Sichan Siv Lecture this Thursday

Ambassador Sichan Siv will be speaking this Thursday at 7:00pm in the International Cultural Center on the Texas Tech Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.

This lecture series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  For more information on the 2012 VNCA Guest Lecture Series or about Rocky Bleier see http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS.

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