The Hanoitimes - An exhibition of artifacts, entitled “The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975”, is underway at the New-York Historical Society Museum, New York, the US until April 22, 2018, giving museum-goers an insight into conflict.
The exhibition’s opening ceremony took place on October 10 with Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga alongside more than 400 historic scholars, anti-war activists, and veterans in attendance.
An exhibit about the Vietnam War is seen at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.
Speaking at the event, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga said she believes the exhibition will give people a better understanding of the value of peace. This event will provide visitors a closer look at history, enhancing mutual understanding between people of Vietnam and the US, Nga stated.
Vietnam and the US established a comprehensive partnership four decades after the war ended, she stressed, adding that the robust development of bilateral relations largely owes to the two countries’ efforts to leave the past behind, overcome disagreements and look to the future. More than 300 artifacts, photographs, artworks, documents, films, and interactive digital media on display at the exhibition convey the story of the war since the end of the World War II.
The items include a lacquer graving named “Spring in Tay Nguyen”, created by northern Vietnamese painter Tran Huu Chat in 1962. The 84-year-old artist made an exact reproduction for the exhibition. According to the museum’s CEO Louise Mirrer, it is the first time the New-York Historical Society has held an exhibition on the Vietnam War and it took the museum three years to collect exhibited materials.
A visitor to "The Vietnam War: 1945 - 1975" is taking a look at an old bicycle that used to carry food and supplies from the north to the south of Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the war.
When the idea for a Vietnam War exhibit came up at the New-York Historical Society a few years ago, Trustee James Grant - a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 recalls that even after more than four decades, passions about it were strong. According to Grant, he got into a lively discussion with another member of the executive committee about America’s motive and about the nature of the struggle and whether it was all for naught or not.
Besides, the exhibition also displays feature such topics as the Cold War, the draft, military campaigns initiated by both sides, the growth of the antiwar movement, the role of the president, and the loss of political consensus. Throughout the exhibition, visitors have a chance to explore themes of patriotism, duty, and citizenship. In addition, visitors can watch videos, hear oral histories from veterans, listen to music, see dozens of historical photographs, and learn much more on our engaging exhibition website.