Preservation of War: “Vietnam – The Combat Artist Program”
Press Release · Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Washington, DC

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018  at 7 p.m., the National Archives in partnership with the National Museum of the Marine Corps, presents a special evening discussing the importance of the Vietnam Combat Artist Program and the preservation of war through art. This program is held in conjunction with the National Archives’ first-ever Vietnam War exhibit, “Remembering Vietnam.”

Register online to attend. Watch the program live streamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.

The Combat Artist Program was created as a means of preserving the experience and activities of soldiers through art.  Join us for a panel discussion on the importance of the Vietnam Combat Artist Program while exploring some of the artwork depicting the soldiers’ life in Vietnam. Speaking on the panel will be Vietnam combat artists James Pollock, Ben Long, Jim Butcher and current combat artist, Kristopher Battles. Deputy Director Charlie Grow from the National Museum of the Marine Corps will moderate the discussion.

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.

Related Exhibit: “Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War”
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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