Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive News and Updates

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vietnam Center Hosts 2011 Guest Lecture Series

Adrian Cronauer

Thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation, the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University will present a guest lecture series throughout 2011.

The mission of the lecture series is to enrich the cultural life of attendants by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War and its impact on American policies, society and culture.

Adrian Cronauer Cronauer is the radio DJ portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie “Good Morning Vietnam!” (March 10, 7 p.m., Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law)

Kim Phuc – In 1972, Kim Phuc was photographed running down a road naked and on fire after a napalm strike on her village. Today, Kim Phuc runs a non-profit organization for children and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. (April 14, 7 p.m., Allen Theater of the Student Union Building)

LeAnn Thieman – Thieman was a nurse involved in Operation Babylift, a mission to evacuate more than 300 Vietnamese babies from South Vietnam before it fell to communist troops. (May 12, 7 p.m., Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building)

Kara Dixon Vuic – Historian and author of Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War. (October 13, 7 p.m., Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law)

Dave Carey – Carey spent more than five years as a POW in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. (Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building)

Admission is free and open to the public.

Visit for more information.

Dates may be subject to change.

Posted by at 10:20 am
Labels: general news,Guest Lecture Series
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How are you using our resources?

Are you a scholar, student, researcher, journalist, filmmaker, or patron who has used our resources for your book, scholarly or mainstream publication, documentary, or other produced work?  If so, we want to hear from you!  Please send us your citations!  Compiling this information will help us secure funding, promote our project, and allow us to continue to provide excellent reference services.  Send your citations to with “Vietnam Archive Citation” in the subject line.  Thank you for your assistance!

Posted by at 4:16 pm
Labels: general news

Amy Hooker is now Amy Mondt


Amy Mondt

Amy Mondt

Many of our patrons and researchers know our helpful reference archivist, Amy Hooker.  She handles phone and e-mail reference questions, assists researchers onsite, completes duplication orders, and shares our resources with the public through subject guides and online exhibits.   This summer, Amy married David Mondt, a staff member of the TTU School of Art.  She recently completed the name changing process and is now officially Amy Mondt.  Her new email address is  Please join me in congratulating her!

Posted by at 4:14 pm
Labels: general news
Friday, August 28, 2009

Texas Tech Named Military Friendly School

Texas Tech University has been named a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs Magazine.  This title comes in recognition of the University’s efforts to recruit and support America’s veterans and in their continuing education.  In conjunction with this honor, TTU has developed a website,, and provides services and support to student veterans through the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Posted by at 10:00 am
Labels: veterans issues
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dr. Kelly Crager’s article in SAA newsletter

The head of the Vietnam Center and Archive’s Oral History Project, Dr. Kelly Crager, has an article in the August 2009 newsletter of the Society of American Archivists Oral History Section newsletter, Dialogue. Featured articles in this month’s newsletter focus on oral history projects in Texas. Dr. Crager’s article highlights the Vietnam Center and Archive’s Oral History Project.

Posted by at 10:04 am
Labels: oral history
Friday, July 31, 2009

Job opportunities available at the Vietnam Center and Archive

Full-time and part-time positions are now available at the Vietnam Center and Archive. We are hiring a full-time archival specialist to assist with our grant-funded Virtual Vietnam Archive project. In addition, we are hiring graduate and undergraduate student staff to process and digitize collections. If you are interested in applying please visit our employment page for more details. Review of applications will begin August 15 and continue until the positions are filled. We hope to have new staff in place by September 1, 2009.

Positions Available:

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Labels: employment
Monday, June 1, 2009

The Vietnam Center and Archive 20th Anniversary Ball

The Vietnam Center and Archive celebrated it’s 20th anniversary Thursday night with a group of friends and supporters at the Frazier Alumni Pavillion on the TTU campus. Keynote speaker H. Ross Perot, Sr. spoke of the struggles of POWs and how crucial it was to preserve these stories for future generations. Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin, Texas Representative Carl Isett, and U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer delivered municipal, state, and national honors to founding director Dr. James Reckner. The evening included music from members of the Monterey High School Orchestra, a delicious dinner provided by TTU catering, and a silent auction. Jim Douglass of FoxTalk 950 AM served as Master of Ceremonies.

Thank you to all who attended this event!
For more information about the event, please visit the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.

Photos from the event can be seen on the AJ’s “Spotted” webpage.
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Labels: 20th anniversary,general news
Friday, April 17, 2009

Seats on sale now for 20th Anniversary Ball

Seats for our 20th Anniversary Ball are now on sale! The event will be held on May 28, 2009 at 7:00 PM, at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion on the TTU campus. Seats are $75 each, and a reserved table for eight can be purchased for $800 (table purchases include recognition in our commemorative program, a sponsor gift, and a tax deductable donation). The evening will include dinner, music, silent auction, and a keynote address by our guest speaker H. Ross Perot, Sr.

Please call (806) 742-9010 or email by May 18 to reserve your seats!

Posted by at 10:54 am
Labels: 20th anniversary,announcements
Friday, April 3, 2009

Women’s History Month Exhibit

“Not Just Pretty Faces: The Women of the Vietnam War” an exhibit highlighting and honoring the contributions and achievements of women veterans and civilians from the Vietnam War Era, is now available online. The exhibit includes photographs, letters, moving images, and other documents related to women’s military and civilian service.

Image: The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, Washington, D.C. , The D.C. Traveler.

Posted by at 9:21 am
Labels: exhibits
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vietnam Center and Archive’s 20th Anniversary Ball

The Vietnam Center and Archive invites you to join us as we celebrate a great milestone in our history. To celebrate our project’s 20th year, we will be hosting an anniversary ball on May 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. The evening will feature keynote speaker Mr. H. Ross Perot, Sr. In addition, our guests will enjoy dinner, lively music, a silent auction and a tribute to our founder, Dr. James Reckner.

This event is an opportunity to raise funds which will allow us to continue our mission to preserve the history of the Vietnam War, help veterans and their families deal with their war experiences, and assist the US government in their search for the 1,750 men who are still missing from the war.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please visit for more information. The deadline for sponsoring this event is April 10, 2009. Seating will be limited, so all sponsorships will be first come, first served.

Corporate Sponsor Information
Individual Sponsor Information

Posted by at 9:05 am
Labels: 20th anniversary,vietnam center
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