Echoes of War is a series of public discussions that uses literary texts and personal stories to engage veterans and members of the public in dialogue on the memory of war in personal and public history. Led by trained community discussion leaders, this two-part program encourages attendees to participate (but it is not required). Come to share; come to listen — either way this engaging series will be in Winona at the Winona County History Center on May 2 and May 9 from 7-9 p.m. (rescheduled from April 18 due to weather).
Echoes of War is free and open to the public. Materials and refreshments will be provided. This project strives to broaden public understanding of the diverse stories of military service while deepening perspectives on those experiences through an exploration of the longer historical context in which modern wars in Vietnam and Iraq have been fought.
This project is made possible thanks to a Dialogues on the Experience of War grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
It is not required, but attendees may register at mnhum.org/vets/echoes to help organizers be prepared and have enough materials. Find more and plan your visit at www.winonahistory.org or call 507-454-2723.
About the Minnesota Humanities Center
The Minnesota Humanities Center is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with organizations and individuals to inspire community conversations, forge deep connections, and illuminate authentic, diverse voices across Minnesota, especially those left out or marginalized. It works to build a thoughtful, literate, engaged society through education, partnerships, and public programs.
Since 1971, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans have participated in its funded activities, including community conversations, workshops and lectures, traveling exhibitions, oral histories, radio shows, television specials, documentary films, and more. In the last five years, the Humanities Center has distributed over $750,000 in pass-through grants to support organizations and individuals throughout Minnesota.
Intrinsic to its mission is the assumption that all people — especially children — must have the opportunity to learn, despite race, creed, class, or physical ability. It is fitting, then, that the Humanities Center now occupies the Gillette Children’s Hospital’s school building in Lake Phalen Park, after an extensive fundraising and renovation campaign in 1996.
The Minnesota Humanities Center is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Humanities Center receives funding from federal, state, and private sources.