The Vietnam War: 1945-1975

April 13 – Sept. 22, 2019

Beginning on April 13, the History Center will host a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War.

A traveling exhibition developed in partnership with the New-York Historical Society, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war. Spanning the duration of U.S. involvement in Indochina from 1945 to 1975, the narrative incorporates perspectives that cover both the home front and the war front.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors can explore themes of patriotism, duty, and citizenship through key artifacts, including a troopship berthing unit, vibrant antiwar posters, artwork by Vietnam vets, a Viet Cong bicycle, the Pentagon Papers, and historical film footage.

Part of the History Center’s America 101 initiative, The Vietnam War exhibition looks closely at 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.

The History Center will also display artifacts that offer a Western Pennsylvania perspective on the war, including cots graffitied by Pennsylvanian soldiers aboard troopships obtained through the Vietnam Graffiti Project.