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On Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Main Library Auditorium, Peoria Public Library will present a program with Randy Prunty, Vietnam War veteran who served aboard a PBR boat, as he speaks about his Vietnam War experience. Then Random Strangers, the musical group made up of Steve Fairbanks and Chuck Mahieu, also Vietnam Veterans, will play music of the era.
The program is intended to further the discussion of the documentary The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The program will be held in the afternoon after the Veteran’s Day parade downtown and will provide an opportunity to continue honoring the sacrifices and understanding the experiences of Vietnam Veterans.
Peoria Public Library was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) and WETA Washington, DC, to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that began airing on PBS stations in September 17 and has been repeated.
In “The Vietnam War,” filmmakers Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the conflict as it has never before been told on film. The film features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
Peoria Public Library was one of 50 U.S. public libraries selected to receive the kit through a peer-reviewed competitive application process. The Peoria Public Library has received a copy of the 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights; the companion book, The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns; a programming guide, promotional resources, partnership opportunities and more. The kit is designed to help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history. Peoria Public Library has purchased additional copies of the DVD and book, available for checkout.
The project is offered by the ALA Public Programs Office in partnership with WETA Washington, DC.
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