JETMORE — Commemorating 50 years since the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, Humanities Kansas is collaborating with 12 organizations across the state for an oral history project named "Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War".
This project is conducted through the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project, and funded by Humanities Kansas Preservation Project. These stories will document how the Vietnam War affected both Vietnam Veterans deployed in the war and the local citizens and families left behind. One of these 12 partners honored to be chosen is the Jetmore Public Library.
On Friday, Aug. 24, the Jetmore Public Library will be hosting a community reception from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the King Center (310 Main Street, Jetmore) with Humanities Kansas to formally launch the opening of "Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War".
Julie Mulvihill and Major Murl Riedel, both from the Humanities Kansas foundation, will be there to explain the program and reveal the library’s full project timeline.
Special guests include U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. to support veterans and Rosemary Corbett, who will share how lives touched by those who have served are impacted through her non-profit organization "Kansas Honor Flight".
Future events on the Jetmore Library’s calendar related to this are Sept. 15, with the Quilts of Valor program explanation and presentation to a local veteran, and Sept. 30, when author Al Ortaloni from Lenexa, will hold a workshop on writing one’s memoirs.
There are too many times that history has gone untold from past generations and writing can be therapeutic for those who have seen tragedy as our veterans have.
All of the events will be free and open to the public, with a special invitation to local veterans and those whose lives were affected by the Vietnam War.