Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Exhibits

Thanks to everybody who came out to the Texas Tech Museum yesterday to see the Archive’s Huey and Cobra helicopters and all of the great WWII exhibits the museum has opened.

The Center and Archive also had two new exhibits open this weekend: “Vietnam: The Helicopter War”, on display until September 2nd at the Silent Wings Museum, and “The US Soldier’s Experience During the Vietnam War” at the Science Spectrum until September 2nd.

For those of you who can’t make it to see “Vietnam: The Helicopter War” at the Silent Wings, you can see it online here:

Don’t forget our our reception on Monday, July 23rd at 6:00pm at the Science Spectrum celebrating the opening of our exhibits, and honoring all of our local Vietnam veterans.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Birthday U. S. Army

Today is the Army’s 237th birthday.  So happy birthday to the US Army and all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the Army. 

We have created a small exhibit featuring Army materials from our collection to celebrate.  To view the exhibit click on the link below.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“Celebrating Our Heroes Events” in Lubbock


The Museum of Texas Tech University Association has organized a summer-long series of collaborative exhibitions celebrating those who have protected our freedom titled “Celebrating our Heroes.” The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to participate in this series with a number of events:

July 15th – “Helicopter Display at the Museum of Texas Tech University:” The Vietnam Center and Archive’s AH-1G Cobra Attack Helicopter and UH-1 Huey Utility Helicopter will be on display at the TTU Museum during the Museum’s family picnic for Veterans and Families celebrating the opening of the “‘Memories of WWII’ Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press” exhibit.  Reservations are required – 806-742-2443.

July 15th-September 2nd – “The Helicopter from WWII to the Vietnam War” at the Silent Wings Museum.  The helicopter was first utilized by the US military during WWII at Burma in 1945 when the vaunted American glider forces were unable to reach downed American bombers.  By the beginning of the Vietnam War the uses for helicopters were being greatly expanded, and the UH-1 Huey became one of the most recognized icons of the war in Vietnam.  This exhibit will examine the history and uses of the helicopter over the course of the war, and will feature both a physical exhibit on display at the Silent Wings Museum as well as an online exhibit on our website.  Visitors to the physical exhibit will have the option to use smart phones or tablets to access enhanced content such as historical film footage, audio records, oral histories, and documents.

July 15th-September 2nd – “Experiences: US Soldiers in the Vietnam War” at the Science Spectrum.  This exhibit will examine a day-in-the-life of US soldiers and support personnel in Vietnam and will feature many historical images and artifacts from the collections of the Vietnam Center and Archive.

July 23rd – “Celebrating our Heroes at the Vietnam Center and Archive” reception at 6:00pm at the Science Spectrum.  More information about this reception will be posted soon.

We hope you will be able to join us and the other participating institutions for these events over the course of the summer.  For more information on all of the Celebrating our Heroes events visit


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day, a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in all branches of the United States’ armed forces.  The Vietnam Center and Archive would like to take a moment to thank all our veterans and active duty service members.

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to be the home to collections of materials from all branches of our military.  To see a few of these items, please visit our online exhibits page, which includes the following exhibits:

US Air Force

US Army

US Coast Guard

US Marine Corps

US Navy

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Celebrating Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, and Remembering Tet 1968

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

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


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Marines!

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.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Birthday U.S. Navy!

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.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy Birthday U. S. Air Force!

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.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

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.

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