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2018 Emmy for Community Service

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We are thrilled to share with you that TPT - Twin Cities PBS was honored on Saturday night at the Midwest Emmys with an 2018 Emmy in the Community Service category for the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam initiative! We could not have done this without the 5 other PBS stations in Minnesota, our members, our generous sponsors, Story Wall authors, documentary and…

Man holds photos of family with American flag in the background

We are thrilled to share with you that TPT – Twin Cities PBS was honored on Saturday night at the Midwest Emmys with an 2018 Emmy in the Community Service category for the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam initiative!

We could not have done this without the 5 other PBS stations in Minnesota, our members, our generous sponsors, Story Wall authors, documentary and event participants, volunteers and an amazing network of community partners like the Minnesota Humanities Center, Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), National History Day in Minnesota, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, our 6 Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Host Communities, and so many others: https://www.mnvietnam.org/about/
Thank you for this honor!

Man holds photos of family with American flag in the background
Minnesota Remembers Vietnam wins 2018 Emmy for Community Service

 

ABOUT MINNESOTA REMEMBERS VIETNAM

To expand on “The Vietnam War,” an epic 18-hour long documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Twin Cities PBS launched Minnesota Remembers Vietnam. The resulting collaboration among the state’s 6 public television stations created exciting new and inclusive ways for all Minnesotans to remember, honor and understand the events of 50 years ago.

Over 33 million viewers nationwide tuned in to “The Vietnam War.” It was a meaningful opportunity for us to highlight Minnesota’s perspectives on the war, like the stories of Hmong soldiers who fought in the shadows of the Vietnam War for the CIA in Laos (America’s Secret War), or the veterans who performed their stories in an original play with the help of the nonprofit The Telling Project. These stories were available to over 75 million households nationwide. Additional multimedia content including Perspectives and The People’s Protectors amplified even more diverse experiences, like those of Native American Vietnam veterans.

But impact goes far beyond the broadcast. Strong community partnerships (MN Department of Veterans Affairs, History Day MN, MELSA, MN Humanities Center) paired with a series of 25-plus sold-out events invited engagement, sparked conversation and motivated storytelling. Highlights include story-gathering statewide; Macalester College event with author and Vietnam veteran, Tim O’Brien (“The Things They Carried”) and Filmmaker, Lynn Novick (“The Vietnam War”); Pop-up museum and screening event focused on Hmong culture, food, and history; Veterans Day concert celebrating the soundtrack of the Vietnam War; And our culminating weekend of events at the State Capitol that drew over 15,000 visitors to experience The Wall That Heals (replica of the Vietnam Wall), a flyover of vintage Vietnam-era aircraft, and performance at the Ordway.

At the heart of this initiative is the Story Wall (MNVietnam.org), an inclusive space for Minnesotans to share personal videos, narratives, and photos about the Vietnam War. With 800+ stories on the site, this platform has been embraced as a safe space to not only share, but be heard- because many of these stories were shared for the very first time. Many in our community have told us that the process of sharing a story was in and of itself healing.

As a station, we are proud that courageous stories like the ones that we gathered this year inspired others to share and created a ripple effect of hope and healing. What is also exciting is that this rich collection of multimedia content, including the Story Wall, is now an archive that offers fresh new ways for younger generations to dig into history and build understanding.

We are honored that due to its success, Minnesota Remembers Vietnam is now regarded nationally as a model for what it looks like for a state government, public media stations, a strong network of community partners, and funders to collaborate to make a meaningful and lasting impact around an important topic.

Now is the time to remember, honor and understand.

New Vietnam War Roundtable at Concordia

Color photo of a room of packed people, vertical red and blue state signs -- MN is blue -- and a credit in the upper right corner: Democratic National Convention, August 26-29 1968, Chicago, copyright Oscar and Associates, Inc.

A new Vietnam War roundtable series at Concordia University offers an opportunity for veterans (and those interested in the war and its legacy) to gather on a monthly basis to honor, remember and understand this tumultuous time. VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE The free programs take place the third Monday of each month (September through May)…

Color photo of a room of packed people, vertical red and blue state signs -- MN is blue -- and a credit in the upper right corner: Democratic National Convention, August 26-29 1968, Chicago, copyright Oscar and Associates, Inc.

A new Vietnam War roundtable series at Concordia University offers an opportunity for veterans (and those interested in the war and its legacy) to gather on a monthly basis to honor, remember and understand this tumultuous time.

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE

The free programs take place the third Monday of each month (September through May) and cover a range of topics like writing about war, Native American veterans of the Vietnam War, experiences of war nurses, and journalism during the war.

The thought-provoking series is designed to continue the conversations started during the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam initiative, and is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University.

Directions: Join us at the Concordia University’s Buetow Auditorium on Hamline Avenue just south of Interstate 94. Parking is free.

Concordia University, St Paul
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104

Pioneer Press Wall Feature

Mother and daughter touching a replica of the Vietnam War memorial.

Thank you to Pioneer Press for the nice feature on our Wall That Heals Weekend at the Minnesota State Capitol. We are looking forward to bringing our community together to remember, honor, understand and heal June 21-14. Please visit MNVietnam.org/Wall for a detailed schedule of events and daily activities. https://www.twincities.com/2018/06/18/vietnam-war-memorial-replica-to-visit-st-paul/

Mother and daughter touching a replica of the Vietnam War memorial.

Thank you to Pioneer Press for the nice feature on our Wall That Heals Weekend at the Minnesota State Capitol. We are looking forward to bringing our community together to remember, honor, understand and heal June 21-14.

Please visit MNVietnam.org/Wall for a detailed schedule of events and daily activities.

‘The Wall that Heals’ — Vietnam War Memorial replica — in St. Paul this weekend

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