A Minnesota PBS Initiative
About the Initiative
The war in Vietnam in Southeast Asia left an indelible mark on millions of people- including those right here at home. From Worthington to St. Paul to the Iron Range and everywhere in between, Minnesota is home to a generation that experienced the Vietnam War firsthand. And we remember.
We remember humid jungles, heart-wrenching knocks on doors, the nightly news, the music… We remember each of the 365 days in ‘Nam and the moment we arrived back in “The World.” We remember the protest against a war that divided a nation… and harrowing escapes to a foreign world called Minnesota.
For many of us, we didn’t experience the war. But, we’re beginning to understand… and we’re ready to listen.
What do you remember?
Share your story and let’s explore, connect and remember together at the Story Wall.
The STORY WALL is part of MINNESOTA REMEMBERS VIETNAM,
an initiative aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to remember and share stories, recognize bravery,
express their reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war.
Public television stations nationwide will air The Vietnam War, a major new documentary series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The 18-hour-long film will be a national event that is certain to reopen discussion and debate about the costs of war and the experiences of those who served.
To expand on the epic documentary, Twin Cities PBS launched Minnesota Remembers Vietnam. The resulting collaboration among the state’s 6 public television stations features the Story Wall, original documentaries, and a series of public screenings & commemorative events that seek to more fully remember, honor and understand the experience of 50 years ago.
KEY INITIATIVE COMPONENTS
THE VIETNAM WAR | Premieres Sept 17 at 7 pm on TPT2
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.
THE TELLING PROJECT | A TPT Original | Premieres Sept 29 at 8 pm on TPT2
Follow five Vietnam War veterans and family members on a journey as they shape their experiences into a powerful stage performance with the help of The Telling Project, a national performing arts non-profit that uses theater as a tool to deepen civilian understanding of the military experience. This hour-long program documents the cast through in-home interviews, sneak peeks into their rehearsal process, and ultimately, in a culminating performance.
AMERICA’S SECRET WAR | A TPT Original | Premieres Oct 3 at 8 pm on TPT 2
In the TPT original production Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America’s Secret War, Hmong soldiers and their families bring to life the hardships faced during the war and in the brutal aftermath when they were hunted by the newly dominant communist government as they tried to escape.
PERSPECTIVES | A TPT Original | Airs Fall 2017 on TPT 2
The Perspectives stories reveal the unexpected ways that war forever changes someone and unpacks the personal narratives of people who stood on the front lines of one of the most unsettling chapters in American history.
ESSENTIAL SHORTS | A TPT Original | Fall 2017
To provide a historical context for the thousands personal accounts, TPT will produce a series of short videos – focused on the motivations and milestones that defined the era.
THE PEOPLE’S PROTECTORS | A TPT Original | Airs Fall 2018
To honor their service and bravery to our country, TPT is exploring the experiences of Minnesota Native American Vietnam veterans in The People’s Protectors, premiering in fall 2018.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS | Fall 2017 + Spring 2018 Statewide
This series of public screenings & commemorative events that seek to more fully remember, honor and understand the experience of 50 years ago.
The Vietnam War defined a generation. It changed the lives of people who fought in it and who fought against it.
It’s time to remember, honor, and understand.
MINNESOTA REMEMBERS VIETNAM is a Twin Cities PBS-led initiative in collaboration with the MN PBS stations.
MN PBS is made up of six independent organizations that provide television services to the residents of Minnesota.
- KSMQ (Austin, MN)
- Lakeland Public Television (Bemidji and Brainerd, MN)
- Pioneer Public Television (Appleton, MN)
- Prairie Public Television (Northwestern MN)
- Twin Cities Public Television (Saint Paul & Minneapolis, MN)
- WDSE • WRPT (Duluth & Hibbing, MN)
We are grateful to the following sponsors that generously support our effort to gather and share the powerful stories surrounding the Vietnam War.
- Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment
- Mark & Mary Davis Foundation
- K.A.H.R. Foundation
- Vision Maker Media
- Ameriprise Financial
- Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
- The Hognander Foundation
- Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
- AARP – Twin Cities
- Next Avenue
- The Dick and Joyce McFarland Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation
- Kathleen A. Stack
- This project partially funded by the Benton Telecommunications Foundation, a local foundation.
- Betsy and Frank Russomanno
We thank the following community partners for linking arms with us to help build deeper understanding about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.
- Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University
- Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
- Minnesota Humanities Center
- Minnesota Historical Society
- The Telling Project
- Minnesota Remembers Advisory Task Force