TADL Partners with WCMU for Vietnam “Letters Home” Project

Michigan Vietnam Veterans Share Correspondence on WCMU Public Media & in Travelling Exhibit

Grand Traverse area Vietnam veterans and their families have an opportunity to preserve and share their personal history through a cooperative community engagement project by WCMU Public Media and Traverse Area District Library.

This local project features veterans or family members reading letters* sent home during the Vietnam War. The readings will be videotaped by WCMU staff to become short segments that will air on WCMU Public TV and Radio and reside at wcmu.org during the upcoming year. 

A recording session for the “Letters Home” segments is set for September 27 at Traverse Area District Library – Main Library (610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686). The library is also a site for scanning and accepting letters* for the “Letters Home Wall.”

Copies of the letters* will be permanently displayed with veterans’ snapshots on a travelling “Letters Home Wall” that will be displayed at WCMU’s and veterans events throughout Michigan. Student Veterans of America – Mid Michigan Community College Chapter is partnering with WCMU to design and construct the wall. After the “Letters Home Wall” has finished its tour, it will live on as part of the permanent Vietnam War exhibit at the Michigan Military Heritage Museum in Grass Lake.

A free public screening event of Ken Burns’ new PBS series “The Vietnam War” will take place at the TADL Main Library on September 27 at 7 :00 p.m.

For more information on contributing materials for the exhibit or to set up a recording session to read letters*, contact Linda Dielman at WCMU Public Media, (989)774-3562 or Linda.Dielman@cmich.edu.


* “Letters” may also include other correspondence such as poetry.