The Story Wall: Personal Storytelling and the Vietnam War

Learning Labs

Session Code: Learning Lab 8
Location/Room: Marketplace Booth #713
Level: Introductory
Track: Innovation & Transformation
Presenters: Katie Carpenter, Twin Cities PBS (TPT)  |  Randal Dietrich, Twin Cities PBS (TPT)  |  Kate Westlund, Twin Cities PBS (TPT)


In conjunction with the Fall 2017 broadcast of “THE VIETNAM WAR”—the 18-hour documentary series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick—Twin Cities PBS stations launched “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam,” an initiative to inspire Minnesotans to share stories, recognize bravery, express reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war.

The cornerstone of this initiative is the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Story Wall, an online collection of personal videos, photos, artwork, letters, and memories about the Vietnam War.

Join us in this learning lab to take a deeper dive into the powerful stories within the Story Wall website and learn about the unique ways that it inspires community storytelling, conversation, and exploration.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Build a deeper understanding about the Vietnam War through diverse stories.
  • Learn about engaging community through digital storytelling and user-generated content.
  • Learn how to leverage user-generated content to drive engagement.

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