PBS39, BAPL to Engage Community with Multimedia Project on Vietnam War


“The War is Still With Us” will feature traveling photo gallery and podcast interviews.


Bethlehem, Pa. — August 1, 2017 — 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.

“Decades later, the Vietnam War is still a present topic in the hearts and minds of those who lived through it,” said Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO. “‘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.”Community members are encouraged to visit wlvt.org/thewar for submission instructions or to 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 the above webpage beginning the first week of October.

About PBS39

PBS39 is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA, serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. The mission of PBS39 is to educate, inspire, inform, and entertain, while stimulating the exchange of ideas for community enrichment.

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DaWayne Cleckley
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