Preserving The Stories Of The Vietnam War Event

Preserving The Stories Of The Vietnam War Event

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Central Library hosts a preview screening of The Vietnam War, followed by a panel discussion and community conversation. 

In anticipation of premiere of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, WXXI’s community partner – the Central Library will host a preview screening of Ken Burns' docu-series, followed by a panel discussion and community conversation exploring how Americans remember the war and what local groups and individuals are doing to preserve the stories from the war era. Join us at the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Central Library in the Bausch & Lomb Building (115 South Avenue) on Wednesday, September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Preserving The Stories Of The Vietnam War. Facilitated by WXXI’s Hélène  Biandudi Hofer, panelist include: Timothy Kneeland, Nazareth College; Steve Nash, Rochester Public Library; Ginny Nguyen, Vietnamese Community of Rochester; Christine Ridarsky, Office of the City Historian; and Chuck Macaluso from Vietnam Veterans of American – Chapter 20. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (585) 428-8375 or (585) 428-8368.

More on the panelists: 
Timothy Kneeland, Ph.D: 
Professor of  History and Public History at Nazareth College, Dr. Kneeland has a professional interest in how and what academics teach about the Vietnam War, and how public memory is preserved and shaped by documentaries, oral histories, monuments, and memorials.

Steve Nash: After retiring from a 33 yr. career as a secondary school library teacher, Mr. Nash now works part time as a librarian in the Science and History Division of the Central Library, where he manages the Vietnam Learning Center. Steve served in the US Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. While on active duty at Ft. Lewis, WA , he managed personnel records and conducted interviews with troops returning from the war. Steve is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 20.

Ginny Nguyen: 
A local real estate agent and Vice President of Rochester’s Vietnamese Community of Rochester Inc. and a Blue Star Mom, Ms. Nguyen is the daughter of a Special Force Lieutenant Colonel of the South Vietnamese Army. She and her family came to America as refugees during the Vietnam War era. Her father chose America because he saw it as a land of freedom and opportunity. “My family would like to thank the American people and its military for allowing us to live free and prosper in this country.”

Christine Ridarsky: Ms. Ridarsky is the Historian for the City of Rochester and Historical Services Consultant for the Rochester Public Library. Since 2010, she has served as the Project Director for the Rochester-Monroe County Vietnam-Era Veterans Oral History Project. Funded through the Friends & Foundation of RPL with support from the Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 20, the project has given dozens of local veterans a chance to talk about their experiences and to share stories they might have never before told, preserving the memories and insights of those who served during the Vietnam War. 

Chuck Macaluso: Mr. Macaluso is an Honor Guard Commander for Vietnam Veterans of America– Chapter 20. He served three years in the USMC with duty stations in the Mediterranean, Vietnam, Philippine Islands Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton, CA. He has been an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America– Chapter 20 for 34 years and was founder the “Veterans Walk” at Highland Park which was dedicated to the Community August14, 2004. He has served on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester Board of Directors for the last seventeen years and President for the past seven years. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Chuck retired from Eastman Kodak after 37 years as a Process Control/Computer Systems Technician. He is a certified instructor for the Department of Environmental Conservation and teach Hunter Safety, and currently a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Marine Corps League, Order of the Purple Heart, American Legion and a member of The Khe Sanh Veterans. 

Resource tables will be available from the Library's Vietnam Learning Center, Canandaigua VA/Rochester Outpatient Center, Rochester Vet Center, WXXI, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20, and Veterans for Peace.

The Central Library is accessible to people with disabilities. To request specific accommodations, call (585) 428-8304 ten day prior to the program.

Public parking near the library: Parking adjacent to the Central Library is available at both on-street metered spots and at surrounding off-street parking garages. (Court Street or Stone Street Parking Garages.) Parking Info

The Vietnam War premeires Sunday, September 17th at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

Local support provided by:

Ferris Hills



Cobblestone Capital Advisors



Funding Credits:

Funding for THE VIETNAM WAR is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and

Members of The Better Angels Society:

Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund.

 Production Credits:

THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns.

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