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Prairie Memories The Vietnam War Years


The Vietnam War defined a generation. It changed the lives of people who fought in it and who fought against it, leaving an indelible mark on millions of people. How has the Vietnam War made an impact on your life?

To document how this turbulent time shaped life in the prairie region, Prairie Public and the State Historical Society of North Dakota has begun Prairie Memories The Vietnam War Years, a region wide initiative aimed at inspiring Minnesotans and North Dakotans to remember and share stories, recognize bravery, honor those lost, express reasons for dissent, and foster understanding of the lasting impact of war. We are currently scheduling oral history interviews at these dates and locations:

Dates Times Locations
August 1  11:00 am – 8:00 pm Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND
August 2 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND
August 10 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, MN
August 11 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, MN
August 16 9:00 am – 7:00 pm North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, ND
August 21 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm ITOW Veterans Museum, Perham, MN
August 24   9:00 am – 6:00 pm Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, New Town, ND
August 25   9:00 am – 4:00 pm Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, New Town, ND

▢ I would like to add my voice to this project. Please contact me to schedule an oral history interview.

This project will shine a light on the experiences of the many North Dakotans and Minnesotans whose lives were changed. The oral histories will be illustrated by images, home movies, correspondence, and other documents by contributors from across the prairie region. In partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, these pieces of history will be scanned and digitally preserved for the use of scholars, students, and the public to learn more about the legacy of this important time in our history.

▢ I have photos or documents to add to the digital archive. Please send me more information.

Frequently Asked Questions


Funding Partners

  • State Historical Society of North Dakota
  • North Dakota Humanities Council
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
  • WETA
  • Minnesota Public Television Association
  • Members of Prairie Public

About the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

In 2008, Minnesota voters passed a landmark piece of legislation — the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment — which provided funding to public television stations serving audiences in Minnesota. Its mission is to help preserve and document the treasures of culture, history, and heritage that make Minnesota special, and to increase access to the natural and cultural resources we all share. Click here for more information.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the Prairie Memories—The Vietnam War Years do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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