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History Center's 'Welcome Home' exhibit now open

"Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam" exhibit opened to the public with much pomp and circumstance on Nov. 6 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The exhibit will run for two years.

The exhibit, which features four sections, depicts both sides of Oklahomans, those who fought in the Vietnam War and those who made their new homes in Oklahoma from Vietnam.

"Each section tells a story of before, during and ending of the Vietnam War," said Steve Hawkins, of the Oklahoma History Center. "It also tells the aftermath of the war. Dr. Bob Blackburn, director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, had the idea for the exhibit several years ago, and now it has come to fruition."

The story begins with a look at the family histories of Oklahomans who served in Vietnam. This opening section will conclude with the stories of young people from those families who volunteered to serve their country in the armed services during the war.

The second section will explore the roots of Vietnamese families who eventually would relocate to Oklahoma. It will also follow American military personnel and Vietnamese families onto the stage of war during the 1960s and 1970s. This will include stories of those in uniform, both American and Vietnamese, as well as stories of civilians whose lives were changed forever.

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