OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans Traveling Exhibit will visit libraries in Caroline and Somerset counties beginning in late July and continuing to the end of September. The multi-panel exhibit, introduced as part of Maryland Public Television’s multi-year initiative to honor the region’s Vietnam veterans, continues to make its way around the state to educate residents about the military service of Marylanders during the Vietnam War. The exhibit returns to the Eastern Shore after visiting Centreville and Salisbury in 2016.
The exhibit can be viewed at the Caroline County Public Library central branch, located at 100 Market Street in Denton, from Wednesday, July 26 through Saturday, August 19. The library is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The branch is closed on Sunday. For more information call 410-479-1343.
The exhibit then moves to the Somerset County Library Crisfield branch, located at 100 Collins Street in Crisfield, from Wednesday August 23 through Saturday, September 30. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The branch is closed on Sunday. For more information call 410-968-0955.
The MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans Traveling Exhibit features both current-day and wartime images of 16 Maryland men and women along with their recollections of incidents during the war. The exhibit also gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to craft messages to veterans or share their own stories, including coloring pages for children and stationary for others.
Guests can visit the exhibit as a preview to the upcoming ten-part, 18-hour Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War, which premieres on MPT-HD on September 17. The PBS series explores the human dimensions of the war through interviews with nearly 80 witnesses from all sides – including Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, and soldiers and civilians from both North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans, the largest initiative in Maryland Public Television’s history, recognized and thanked the region’s men and women who served in the military during the Vietnam era. The multi-year initiative culminated with the broadcast premiere of a three-hour documentary, Maryland Vietnam War Stories, in May 2016 and a two-day public event the next month in June – LZ Maryland – which drew more than 16,000 veterans and guests to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
Information about the MPT Vietnam initiative and traveling exhibit can be found at mpt.org/vietnam, and at social media sites @MPTSalutesVets on Twitter and @mptsalutesvietnamveterans on Facebook.
The MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans Traveling Exhibit is made possible in part by Maryland Relay and SunTrust Foundation.
Maryland Public Television is a commemorative partner in the 50th anniversary observance of the U.S. Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration. The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families.