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Edina 360

Collage of photos of people at a library presentation and graphics that say Edina 360 Highlights.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Southdale Public Library 360 event on Wednesday, March 28 2018 to share personal stories, and to listen and connect. Below are some highlights from this special evening.  


Black and white photo of four people at a table and photos projected behind them of a soldier.

Vietnam veteran and West Point grad, Bruce Richardson, talking about his experiences during the war.

I want people to know Vietnam veterans for what they are.

Black and white photo of a Vietnamese woman placing rocks in a jar.

Vietnamese refugee, poet & artist Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen performing a spoken word piece honoring her mother's journey.

Donald Pedersen was invloved in an airlift evacuation openration just before the Fall of Saigon. He shared at the event, and writes in his Story Wall story:

"Each row had a mix of people old/young and small/large with one common “seat belt”. We repeated rows like that until the aircraft was full to the maximum."

Lesley Hauser shared her perspectives on the curtural revolution that she experienced as a student on campus at Macalester College from 1964-1968. She illustrated her story with photos, pages from her Mac yearbok, news clippings and invitations to a social group called Thalians. She also made reference to the book "The March of Folly," and asked if the Vietnam War was a March of Folly.

Black and white yearbook photo of a young woman.

Lesley Hauser during her Macalester College days in the 60's.

Book cover of The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman.

Lesley Hauser referenced "The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam," by Barbara Tuchman in her talk.

Handmade invitation with flowers on the front.

Pre-1968 Thalians invitation to a speaker on flower-arranging at Macalester College.

The Mac 1968 Yearbook.

Lesley Hauser's The Mac 1968 Yearbook.

Thank you to Southdale Public Library for hosting this event and to MELSA for this partnership.


Twin Cities PBS and Minnesota Remembers Vietnam invite you to a community conversation that explores the Vietnam War and its legacy from several points of view. Drawing upon speakers with very different experiences, the conversations expand on the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Vietnam War documentary and on the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam body of work. Related videos and books will be highlighted. LEARN MORE

Did you attend the event? We invite you to join the conversation and share your thoughts by adding a comment below.

Carved insignia of a military squadron.

The hand-carved insignia of Donald Petersen's airlift squadron.

Story Themes: 1968, 360, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Books, Bruce Richardson, Donald Pedersen, Edina, Fall of Saigon, Feminism, Lesley Hauser, Macalester College, MELSA, Poetry, Southdale Public Library, Vietnamese, West Point

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