Vietnam War veterans with stories to tell and people with artifacts of the war are asked to drop by the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday to contribute to an exhibit planned for the Bulloch County Annex.
Georgia Southern University public history student Breana James is leading the project in conjunction with the Georgia Southern Museum.
The open house-style event is open to anyone in the community interested in sharing artifacts, documents, photos or memories that will help tell the story of Bulloch County and the Vietnam War, James said in a university news release.
“As grim and sad as it is, and as wars get further in the past, that means our veterans are getting older, and it’s important to be able to collect these stories before the opportunity passes,” she said.
Several 45th and 55th anniversaries of major battles of the Vietnam War are coming up, adding to the significance of sharing items and stories now, James added.
Museum curators and university faculty members will be also be on hand at the SCVB visitor center, 222 South Main Street, for those four hours Nov. 27 to meet with the public and help identify items for the Vietnam War exhibit, which will become part of the permanent display on the military heritage of Bulloch County at the annex. Oral histories will also be featured.
Georgia Southern Museum Director Brent Tharp, Ph.D., said it is an important time to take action in collecting research for the Vietnam War era.
“A lot of focus lately has been on our disappearing World War II generation,” Tharp said. “While we recognize the importance of this generation, we are working to help our students and other folks in our community understand more about the experiences of those involved in the Vietnam War to preserve these stories for the generations to come.”
The exhibit is expected to be complete in spring 2019. For more information, email James at email@example.com.