Viet Nam Vets Exhibit and Forum at American Textile History Museum

Jim Sullivan reminds us in today’s Boston Globe that there is a very special exhibit at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell. “Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam’’ explores the self-expression of these “troops sent across the Pacific on the ship, now inactive, (who) left behind Kilroy-style markings on the canvases — inked jokes, doodles, mash notes to girlfriends, and scribbled lines attesting to their boredom and anxiety.”

As part of this exhibit that runs to September 25, 2011, Veterans will gather to talk about their experiences going off to battle at 2 p.m. Sunday June 5, 2011 at the American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street in Lowell. Chelmsford resident Dean Contover, a Vietnam veteran and activist hosts a well-known cable-access program on which he interviews fellow Viet Nam Vet returnees. His interviews have been archived at the Library of Congress. Contover is coordinating the speakers who will appear at the forum. For more information or to participate, call 978-441-0400 or visit

Read the full Boston Globe article here.