TOPEKA — The Kansas Humanities Council recently partnered with 12 Kansas organizations for a statewide oral history project that will collect the personal stories of Vietnam veterans. Collected oral histories and memoirs will be submitted to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project in Washington, D.C.
“This is a project that will encourage Vietnam veterans in Kansas to share their voices to the national narrative,” said Julie Mulvihill, KHC executive director. “It’s been 50 years since the escalation of U.S. involvement in the war, and it’s important for us to consider how these experiences have shaped the people of our state.”
The 12 “Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War” project partners include the Mary Cotton Public Library, Sabetha; Do Good Productions, Leawood; the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene; the Emporia Public Library; the Jetmore Public Library; the Kansas Studies Institute at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park; KPR 91.5 FM, Lawrence; the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita; the Newton Public Library; the Onaga Historical Society; the Salina Public Library; and the Winfield Public Library.
The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information and a list of partner site activities, visit www.kansashumanities.org.