KHC is participating in Standing Together, a National Endowment of the Humanities initiative to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.
Many combat veterans say that the difficulty of talking about their war experiences is compounded by friends and family members who are worried about offending or disrespecting them. The resulting silence can leave the veteran feeling alone in a society that does not understand. The goal of the Standing Together initiative in Kansas is to spark a dialogue about one of our nation’s defining experiences and the importance of community in the homecoming experiences of our returning soldiers. KHC invites Kansans to participate in Standing Together through program and grant initiatives.
Community book discussions in Coffeyville, Harper, La Cygne, Lansing, Manhattan, and Wamego will focus on Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, a book of connected short stories that follow the men of Alpha company before, during, and after the Vietnam War. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, managed by Arts Midwest. Click here for more information and events.
The Things They Carried Home
KHC awarded $14,420 in The Things They Carried Home grants to 17 organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $25,803. Four organizations received Preservation Project Grants to preserve, document, and create access to military artifacts and archival materials. Additionally, thirteen organizations received $300 grants to host public community workshops, led by a preservation consultant, to help veterans and their families preserve uniforms, medals, letters, photographs, email correspondence, and other important items that soldiers carried home. For a complete list of upcoming The Things They Carried Home events, visit KHC’s calendar.
Standing Together Resources
Books, documentary films, websites, and other state council initiatives related to the veteran experience.
- NEH-funded documentaries tell the human experience of war, including The War (2007) and No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report World War II. Watch them online here.
- Soldiers’ Sanctuary documentary film
- Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk by Ben Fountain (2012)
- Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa (1988)
- Dispatches by Michael Herr (1977)
- Going after Cacciato by Tim O’Brien
- The Good Soldiers by David Finkel (2010)
- Here, Bullet by Brian Turner (2005)
- If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O’Brien
- In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
- Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
- Northern Lights by Tim O’Brien (1975)
- Redeployment by Phil Klay (2014)
- Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel (2013)
- Vietnam Online. American Experience (PBS).
State Humanities Council Initiatives