Vietnam War projects displayed at Yellowstone Gateway Museum

Samantha Hill

Park High School students reflect on the conflicts of the Vietnam War in their school projects displayed at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum in December.

After reading the novel, “Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Meyers, students from  Sarah Dahl’s Contemporary American Literature class set out to answer the question, “What do we fail to recognize about the Vietnam War?” according to a YGM news release.

Assisted by student teacher Melissa Sevier, industrial technology teacher, Jamie Isaly, and librarian Kate Lende, students researched and through their findings covered a full spectrum of topics that fit within the era. In 13 projects by individuals and groups, the themes they found include post-traumatic stress disorder, technological advancements, soldier survival, protesting and the misconceptions that come with the war time.

This is the second year the museum has displayed these projects. Museum Registrar Karen Reinhart said Tuesday this is a great learning opportunity for both the students and museum visitors.

Reinhart said students will also have an opportunity to speak with Vietnam veteran’s while their projects are on display.

A free event for the projects will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the museum, located at 118 W. Chinook St. Students will be on hand to talk about their projects.

The students’ projects will be on display through Saturday, Dec. 17. The museum’s exhibit, titled “Honoring Park County Veterans: A Military History” is a backdrop to the students’ work.

The public is invited to come and share their support of the students and their projects. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the museum’s website, or its Facebook page, or call 222-4184.