Posted on: October 18, 2017

Hingham Public Library to host “The Vietnam War” film screening as part of ALA grant award

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The Hingham Public Library has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) and WETA Washington, DC, to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that originally aired on PBS stations in September.

As part of the award, the Hingham Public Library will host Harvard historian Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embers of War and consultant on the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick film “The Vietnam War,” for a lecture entitled Making Sense of the Vietnam War, on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Why did the Vietnam War happen and turn out as it did, and what does it mean for us today? Logevall considers anew one of the  most consequential and trying chapters in American history.

The Library will also screen part three of “The Vietnam War” (“The River Styx”) followed by a discussion with Hingham Vietnam Veterans, one of whom can be seen in the film, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In “The Vietnam War,” filmmakers Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the conflict as it has never before been told on film. The film features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Learn more about the film.

The Hingham Public Library was one of 50 U.S. public libraries selected to receive the kit through a peer-reviewed competitive application process. More than 350 libraries applied, according to ALA. View the list of selected libraries.

The Hingham Public Library will receive a copy of the 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights; the companion book, “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History” by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House, 2017); a programming guide, promotional resources, partnership opportunities and more.

The kit is designed to help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.

The project is offered by the ALA Public Programs Office in partnership with WETA Washington, DC.

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