The War Is Still With Us

 The War Is Still With Us 

a PBS39 Community Engagement Initiative


With Ken Burns' latest riveting documentary, The Vietnam War, set to premiere this fall, PBS39 is looking for participation from those who have a story to tell about the war and related events.

PBS39 announces "The War is Still With Us," a community engagement project to be implemented in conjunction with Bethlehem Area Public Library. "The War is Still With Us" is set to launch in early October, and will feature solicited images of the Vietnam War from community members. Portrait photographs may be included in the gallery, but emphasis will be placed on candid photos. Examples of desired photographs include: heading off to Vietnam, deployment, landscape photos, the draft, coming home, protests, rallies, speeches or events held by government and community leaders, and the journey taken by Vietnamese refugees.

Selected photos will be displayed on PBS39's website and through a physical photo gallery that will travel to various locations throughout the region. Approximately 15-20 photos overall will be displayed as part of a traveling photo gallery to show the local impact of the war in the Lehigh Valley. The project will also include podcast interviews from selected experts in the field, with the help of Vietnam Veterans of America LHV Chapter 415.

Community members are encouraged to review the submission instructions below, and share any photos they have of the Vietnam War throughout the month of August, with a maximum of 3-5 photos per person, each containing a 2-3 sentence description. Images can also be submitted at these participating libraries: Bethlehem Area Public Library, Hellertown Public Library, Southern Lehigh Public Library in Center Valley, and Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe.

Selected images will be featured on this webpage beginning the first week of October.
Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

"Decades later, the Vietnam War is still a present topic in the hearts and minds of those who lived through it. 'The War is Still With Us' will provide our local community with a platform to share a look at this time in our nation's history through their lenses."

~Tim Fallon, CEO of PBS39


 Become Part of the Story 

Add Your Photos and Stories


Vietnam Era Photo Collection

PBS39 is looking to digitally archive photos from residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley from the 1960s and early 1970s that capture interesting stories related to the Vietnam War, Anti-War Movement, and Civil Rights Movement.  

Although portrait photographs may be included in our gallery, we are looking for candid photos.   Examples of desired photographs include: heading off to Vietnam, deployment, landscape photos, the draft, coming home, protests, rallies, speeches or events held by government and community leaders, and the journey taken by Vietnamese refugees.  Selected photos will be displayed on PBS39’s website and through a physical photo gallery that will travel to various locations throughout the region. Approximately 15-20 photos overall will be chosen to be part of the traveling display.

Residents can submit up to 5 photos that relate to the Vietnam War and other events of the time.  At least 1 photo per submission will be included in the digital photo gallery on PBS39’s website.  


How to Submit Your Photos

If you are experiencing issues uploading your photos, please submit your contact information at www.wlvt.org/contact-us and we will respond to you within 1-2 business days.

  1. Using a home scanner or scanner at your local public library, digitize up to 5 photos separately into .jpg format. Please make sure resolution is set at 300 dpi or higher. Save these files to your computer or thumb drive.

  2. Use our online photo upload form (above). Once you enter your identifying information, click the “Next” button.

  3. Upload your photos separately. Each file needs to be 5MB or less. Please provide a 2 sentence description of each photo that you submit. Failure to provide a description may disqualify your photo. Selected photos will be displayed within 48 hours.

  4. Provide an electronic signature at the bottom of the photo release form and click “Submit”. All submissions must be made by September 1, 2017.


 THE VIETNAM WAR 

a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick


Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma. 

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The Vietnam War

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