Amarillo College, Common Reader Program

At Amarillo College, the Common Reader program is designed to give all students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to read a shared book to connect with one another and AC as a whole.

The 2017-18 Common Reader selection will be The Things They Carried.  The book is a collection of linked short stories by American novelist Tim O'Brien, about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War.

The Things They Carried will allow students, staff, and faculty across many disciplines the chance to explore various facets of the Vietnam War through this fictional novel that reads like a historical memoir.

For more information, contact Courtney Milleson, Amarillo College, at 806-371-5427.


Amarillo Public Library

Amarillo Public Library is participating in the community-wide partnership exploring themes and lessons of the Vietnam War by selecting books about the war for the Downtown Lunchtime Book Club in August and October.  Call 378-3054 for more information on these Book Club events. 

Thursday, August 24 at 12:15 PM – Downtown Library – 413 SE 4th

DOWNTOWN LUNCHTIME BOOK CLUB – The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien

Thursday, October 25 at 12:15 – Downtown Library – 413 SE 4th

DOWNTOWN LUNCHTIME BOOK CLUB – Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut


Amarillo Museum of Art

Amarillo Museum of Art will feature three exhibitions with ties to the Vietnam War, its aftermath, and the impact on the people of the Panhandle.  These exhibits will be on view October 21 - December 30, 2017, with a Opening Reception on Friday, October 20th.

  • A Shared Experience will feature work by Vietnamese immigrants Du Chau and Anh-Thuy Nguyen. The former, who had work featured in 2015's AMoA Biennial: Sculpture, came to America with his family as boat people following the war. The latter grew up in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as an adult.
  • Paintings and Photography of Larry R. Collins will feature work by an American veteran who was assigned to be a combat artist at the front. Collins' photographs include an emphasis on the individual solders and their camps.
  • The Soul of Vietnam: A Portrait of the North will feature works by Lawrence D'Attilio, a photographer looking at contemporary Vietnam, its fast-growing economy, and other societal changes from the magnificent to the mundane.

For more information visit or call 806-371-5050.

ALT Academy

The Amarillo Little Theatre will be working with their Academy students on an original theatrical piece based on interviews and stories from Vietnam Veterans. It is their hope to produce this theatrical event in Spring of 2018.  For more information, contact Jason Crespin at 806-355-9991 or

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Cornette Library and West Texas A&M University

Perspectives on Vietnam: Teaser for The Vietnam War film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and Panel Discussion with Friends of the Cornette Library

Tuesday, September 12th, 5:30-8:00 PM

Hazlewood Lecture Hall, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

This event will begin with the Annual Business meeting for the Friends of the Cornette Library followed by preview of the much anticipated Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film The Vietnam War provided by Panhandle PBS. “Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.” The event will conclude with a panel discussing their different perspectives and experiences relating to the Vietnam War. This event is free.

For more information call 806-651-2215 or 806-651-2244.

Vietnam War - Panhandle PBS

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum's collections span a multitude of time periods and subjects, including the topic of the Vietnam War.  For Crossing the Divide: The Texas Panhandle Vietnam War Project, the museum will feature collections highlights in fall 2017 exploring Panhandle residents' involvement on the battle front and navigating social changes of the 1960s and 1970s. 

The Museum will host an Armistice Day program on Veterans' Day - Saturday, November 11th.  Honoring WWI, the program welcomes all Veterans and is free of charge and open to the public. 

For more information visit or call 806-651-2244.

A female demonstrator offers a flower to military police on guard at the Pentagon. October 21, 1967.
November 20, 1967: OPERATION ESSEX - A Marine machine gun crew from "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, on Hill 170. Left to right: Private 1st class J.L. Duckworth, Corporal H.T. Hudson, and Private 1st class D.O. McPherson.

Photo by: Cpl Aker
Vietnam War protestors Pittsburgh Veterans for Peace at the March on the Pentagon. October 21, 1967.

Panhandle PBS

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17th on Panhandle PBS at 7pm.  Then series will air Sunday, September 17th - Thursday, September 21st, and Sunday, September 24 - Thursday, September 28th. 

The ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.  Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides - Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.  

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated journalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.  The Vietnam War features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from the greatest artists of the era, and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

Panhandle PBS and FM90

The Band of Heathens and several favorite Amarillo bands will join forces with Panhandle PBS and FM90 to launch the new Yellow City Sounds Music Festival.

The inaugural festival — Music that Changed the World, featuring popular hits from the Vietnam War era — will run noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 at Memorial Park next to the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College. The event is free.

Americana greats Band of Heathens will close out a night full of bands performing soul music, folk music, classic hits and more. Also appearing are Zac Wilkerson, hONEyhoUSe, The Deltaz, Insufficient Funds, Maggie Burt and The DustJackets. A jam session of in-demand Amarillo solo musicians will include Andy Chase, Wendy Clay, Eddie Esler, Mike Fuller, Tyler Horning, Tennessee Tuckness and Ray Wilson.

The music festival is part of an intense focus on the war centered around the upcoming Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War, debuting in September on Panhandle PBS.

For information, call Panhandle PBS at 806-371-5479.

Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo College

Southern Light Gallery will present photographs by Mary Emeny from her time in Vietnam in 1967-69 working with the American Friends Service Committee.  On view in fall 2017, the restored photographs depict the faces and spirit of the Vietnamese people she encountered during the Vietnam War.

The Southern Light Gallery exhibits the work of innovative photographers.  The gallery is located on the first floor of the Ware Student Center on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College.

For more information about this exhibit or the Southern Light Gallery, please contact René West, Assistant Professor of Photography, at or 806-345-5654.


Region 16 Education Service Center and Amarillo Independent School District

Region 16 Education Service Center, Amarillo ISD and Panhandle PBS have convened a team of educators to write new curriculum around the Vietnam War.  These lesson plans will incorporate stories from Texas Panhandle residents, and will support middle school and high school teachers as they incorporate the Vietnam War into their classroom instruction.  Lesson plans will be available on in September 2017.

Region 16 hosted the Instructional Fusion Conference: Courageous Conversations About Vietnam on June 30th, 2017.  Educators explored the root causes and effects of the Vietnam era on American cultural and political institutions with a variety of guest speakers.

For more information on the conference or Region 16 ESC visit or call 806-677-5184.

The Wall that Heals

The Wall that Heals is a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.  It will be installed in Amarillo at John Stiff Park from December 6 - 10, 2017 as a capstone to Crossing the Divide: The Texas Panhandle Vietnam War Project.  For more information about The Wall that Heals, visit or locally call Panhandle PBS at 806-371-5489.

wall that heals