Date(s) - Thu: Jun 09, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Stoneham Historical Society & Museum
Join us to hear Dr. Andrew Darien, Salem State Univ. on his oral history project with student veterans of Desert Storm, Iraq & Afghanistan, and their differences and parallels with veterans of past conflicts.
Unlike the generation of veterans of WWII who returned home to an enthusiastic welcome, the GI bill, and a thriving economy, Vietnam veterans received a more mixed welcome back to American society in the 1960s and 1970s, spawning debate about their role. With the ending of the draft that made veteran status so common in the 50s and 60s, veterans became less controversial but also less visible.
Now after nearly two decades of war in Iraq & Afghanistan, we have a new generation of veterans grappling with the legacies of the past and the promises of the future. Join us as Dr. Andrew Darien, Chair and Professor of History at Salem State University, discusses his oral history project with student veterans of Desert Storm, Iraq & Afghanistan, along with their differences and parallels to veterans of past conflicts. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about the changing face of American veterans and their quest for purpose and meaning in civilian life.
Free Admission. Doors will open at 6:45 to view our 1960s exhibit, followed by a short business meeting at 7:15 followed by the talk.