With the release of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, many Americans have returned to conversations about the war and platforms for the sharing of personal stories are resurfacing. To encourage such dialogue, Concord Public Library will host New Hampshire Humanities presenter Aaron Blais for a presentation entitled The Vietnam War: Defining America’s Past and Present. With an eye on creating a greater understanding through dialogue and using scenes from the Ken Burns documentary, audience members will reflect and share on what the war meant and means to them personally and to the nation as a whole.
Aaron Blais is a history teacher at Exeter High School. In his capacity as a teacher, he directs the Veteran Outreach Initiative, a program designed to bring curriculum to NH high schools that incorporates students' interviews of veterans into learning objectives. He is a US Army veteran of Iraq.
This program is open to the public. Veterans, family, and friends are encouraged to attend and to share their stories. For more information, visit the library’s website (www.concordpubliclibrary.net) and follow the library on Facebook (@ConcordPublicLibrary), Instagram (@ConcordNHLibrary), and Twitter (@ConcordNHLib).