The Vietnam War: East Tennessee is a local initiative, led by East Tennessee PBS, creating a vibrant discourse in our community concerning the Vietnam War and its impact on American society. This project includes a series of half-hour films chronicling the war experience of local Vietnam veterans, war protesters, and refugees from Vietnam. This initiative explores the experiences of those involved, how their views have evolved over time, and how the war affected East Tennesseans as a whole. Through these first-hand accounts, we experience the war through the eyes of those who lived it.
East Tennessee PBS has formed a coalition of agencies who will lend their expertise to the project, including media producers, academic institutions, community leaders, and veteran aid organizations.
East Tennessee PBS and partnering organizations invite the public to attend upcoming screening and community dialogue events. Attendees will have the opportunity to view segments of Ken Burn's The Vietnam War as well as locally produced films highlighting the local impact of the war. Panelists knowledgeable in the Vietnam War experience will also be facilitated to encourage questions and in-person exchange with the public.
Through these public events East Tennessee PBS and partnering organizations are issuing a call for materials from residents and researchers in an effort to digitize, catalog and preserve photographs and artifacts associated with our local Vietnam War history.