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Prairie Public seeking stories to be shared in documentary, radio narratives and digital archive

Prairie Public is seeking personal stories that will be shared in a new Prairie Public television documentary, radio narratives and digital archive aimed at fostering understanding around the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.

“The Vietnam War defined a generation,” said Bob Dambach, director of television. “It affected those who served, those who protested and the families of both. We invite everyone to add their voice.”

The nonprofit television and radio network is hosting events where the public is invited to participate in video oral history interviews that represent the diversity of experiences in the Vietnam War years. At these events, Prairie Public is partnering with the State Historical Society of North Dakota to digitize participants’ photographs, correspondence, documents and artifacts for the state’s digital archive, Digital Horizons.

Registration to participate is required. Those who want to share personal stories can go to:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 1-2: State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck
  • Thursday and Friday, Aug. 10-11: Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, Minn.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16: North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon
  • Monday, Aug. 21: The History Museum, Perham, Minn.
  • Date to be announced: Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, New Town, N.D.

Individuals interested in making an appointment or learning more about the project can call  1-800-359-6900 and visit

Titled “Prairie Memories The Vietnam War Years,” the videotaped oral history television documentary and radio narratives will air in November 2017. Barb Gravel, Prairie Public project director, said the initiative is aimed at recognizing bravery, honoring those lost, expressing reasons for dissent and fostering understanding.