The Vietnam War: 1945-1975

Date(s) - 04/13/2019 - 09/22/2019
12:00 am

Senator John Heinz History Center


This groundbreaking exhibition focuses on a controversial conflict that profoundly shaped American society — the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War (1955-1975) was a complicated military conflict in the divided country of Vietnam that evolved into a major undeclared war. It functioned as a violent expression of the Cold War (1946-1991) between the western democracies led by the United States and communist countries dominated by China and the Soviet Union. By the late 1960’s, it became increasingly clear that the US and its allies were unlikely to win as military and civilian casualties mounted. The war also led to political unrest in America.

Developed in partnership with the New-York Historical Society, “The Vietnam War: 1945-1975” exhibit takes visitors on a journey spanning the duration of U.S. involvement in Indochina starting with the end of World War II (1939-1945). It uses compelling storytelling, powerful photography, and artifacts to tell the deeply personal stories of the men and women who were impacted by the war.

At the centerpiece is a 20-foot UH-1H “Huey” helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopters in 1966 and used by the U.S. Army from 1967 through 1970 during the Vietnam War.

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