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What I've Learned About Storytelling

Thanks to our friends at the Minnesota Humanities Center for featuring a recent blog on the power of storytelling written by Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Project Lead at TPT, Katie Carpenter. These stories are gifts for generations to come, and offer a powerful and personal window into experiences that not only shaped individual lives, but shaped…


Thanks to our friends at the Minnesota Humanities Center for featuring a recent blog on the power of storytelling written by Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Project Lead at TPT, Katie Carpenter.

These stories are gifts for generations to come, and offer a powerful and personal window into experiences that not only shaped individual lives, but shaped our nation’s history.

 READ THE BLOG POST

“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”
-Tim O’Brien, MN Vietnam Veteran and author, “The Things They Carried”

PBS Stories of Service: The Telling Project

Media player for Stories of Service Film Festival. Click to be taken to site.

We're excited to share that PBS Stories of Service is featuring our Telling Project Play this week and next week in their Online Film Festival! Tune in to see a powerful, original play created in partnership with the national veterans' performing arts non-profit The Telling Project. Five individuals courageously took the stage to perform an…

Media player for Stories of Service Film Festival. Click to be taken to site.

We’re excited to share that PBS Stories of Service is featuring our Telling Project Play this week and next week in their Online Film Festival! Tune in to see a powerful, original play created in partnership with the national veterans’ performing arts non-profit The Telling Project.

Five individuals courageously took the stage to perform an original play based on their experiences with the Vietnam War. Veterans and family members speak of a loss of innocence, a sense of duty to their country, and a need to find peace. Sharing their history fosters healing and ensures their stories will not be forgotten.

The Telling Project proved to be an unforgettable experience for cast, crew and audiences alike. Cast members are in touch to this day and consider one another new family members.
-Amy Melin, Producer

 

Media player for Stories of Service Film Festival. Click to be taken to site.

 

TPT documented the project from its inception to bring broadcast audiences a behind-the-scenes look at this powerful process in the hour-long documentary, Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: The Telling Project.

Get to know the cast by watching our cast profiles.

 

The Vietnam War Playlist

Black and white image of Bob Dylan playing a guitar.

If you watched any of the 18-hour series The Vietnam War by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, you witnessed music as a central character and storytelling device. The music not only sets the tone, but helps build historical context. According to The Vietnam War website, the documentary features more than 120 iconic popular songs that…

Black and white image of Bob Dylan playing a guitar.

If you watched any of the 18-hour series The Vietnam War by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, you witnessed music as a central character and storytelling device. The music not only sets the tone, but helps build historical context.

According to The Vietnam War website, the documentary features more than 120 iconic popular songs that define the era, including tracks from The Beatles; Rolling Stones; Bob Dylan; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Simon & Garfunkel; Big Brother & The Holding Company (feat Janis Joplin); B.B. King; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Barry McGuire; Buffalo Springfield; The Byrds; Otis Redding; Santana; Marvin Gaye; Ray Charles; Nina Simone; The Temptations; Booker T. and the M.G.s; Pete Seeger and more.

Listen to the official playlist below, or explore tracks by episode here. (And explore contemporary takes on the classics in this new playlist called Echoes of Vietnam on Spotify.)

Tell us: what songs from the era speak to you?

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