“Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam” Documentary Screening January 18
Press Release · Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Washington, DC

In conjunction with its new exhibit “Remembering Vietnam,” the National Archives will screen “Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam” on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. Based on the book of the same name, this 1987 Emmy Award–winning HBO documentary features actors and actresses reading actual letters home from men and women serving in the Vietnam War. Bernard Edelman, a Vietnam veteran who was an associate producer of the film and also edited the companion book for the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, will introduce the screening, take questions afterwards, and also sign copies of the book. Purchase the book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount.

Presented in collaboration with the Vietnam Veterans of America.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.  Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Late seating will not be permitted 20 minutes after the program begins.

Remembering Vietnam” Exhibit
On display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery through January 6, 2019
National Archives Museum
Explore 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War from its World War II origins to the Fall of Saigon. These key events and turning points trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict, and the forces that drove them. Iconic and newly discovered documents, films, images, and artifacts along with insights from veterans, civilians, and historians shed light on the complex history of United States’ involvement in Southeast Asia.

For more information on the exhibit, visit Read about the exhibit in Prologue Magazine.

“Remembering Vietnam” is presented in part by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, AARP, FedEx Corporation, and the National Archives Foundation. Additional support provided by the Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, The Eliasberg Family Foundation, Inc., and HISTORYⓇ.


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