Washington, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has asked ten historians, authors, educators, journalists, and veterans to join an Advisory Committee for the Education Center at The Wall, a learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. The Committee, the National Park Service, and the museum-design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates are collaborating with VVMF on creation of the Center, which is expected to break ground in 2016.
One member of the Committee, a historian, is serving as content specialist and is developing exhibition subject matter; the other nine Committee members are reviewing exhibition documents. Collectively, the team is helping to craft a concise, compelling narrative of the Vietnam War.
“We’ve assembled an all-star team of experts, each with separate strengths,” said VVMF program manager, Sharon Deane.
“For me, this service provided an opportunity of a lifetime to contribute to the process of honoring, educating and healing for our nation,” said Dr. Larry Berman, a committee member.
The Education Center will give context to the 58,282 names that appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. It will be a place where veterans can find old friends; where grandchildren can feel closer to their grandparents; where every American can learn about the war and its profound impact on both those who served and those who remained at home.
The exhibition program honors the war's living veterans and its fallen soldiers while exploring the meanings of loss and remembrance, the process of healing, and the ways we express gratitude for service.
“Most of the visitors to the Education Center will be young people,” said committee member Lindy Poling. "One of the most effective teaching methods is to expose them to the human side of history."
The Advisory Committee team members include: Dr. Larry Berman, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis and now Founding Dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University; Dr. Paulette G. Curtis, Faculty Director of Undergraduate and Pre-College Programs & the AnBryce Scholars Initiative and Concurrent Instructor in the Department of Anthropology at University of Notre Dame; Dr. George Herring, chairman of the Committee, and retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky; Dr. Ron Milam, Vietnam veteran and Associate Professor of Military History at Texas Tech; Lindy Poling, retired high school teacher and department chair at Millbrook High School (Raleigh, NC); Dr. Edwin Moïse, professor at Clemson University; Dr. John Prados, head of the National Security Archive's Vietnam and Intelligence Documentation Projects; Dr. Ronald Spector, Vietnam veteran and Professor of History and International Relations at George Washington University; and Dr. Robert Sutton, Chief Historian of the National Park Service. The content specialist is Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, Associate Professor of History and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin.
The committee has convened twice; their next meeting is on March 7.
About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.
The Education Center at The Wall is a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center is a technologically-innovative learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and many stories of the 58,282 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served.
Support the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.buildthecenter.org, or call 866-990-WALL.
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