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In recent years, historical organizations sought to chip away at the silence that long enveloped those involved in the Vietnam War. Their efforts to bring forward the stories of Vietnam veterans resulted in highly successful exhibitions, oral history collections, and public programs. Two of these efforts are the Senator John Heinz History Center’s exhibition Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era and the Anoka County Historical Society’s exhibition Vietnam: The Veterans’ Experience. These efforts opened a door to a new level of discourse and civic engagement for many Vietnam veterans by providing an environment where they felt safe to reveal their personal experiences and their own thoughts.

Award Winner Spotlight: Vietnam in First Person: Exhibitions Give Voice to Vietnam Veterans

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