‘Unsung Heroes of Vietnam’ exhibit presented at Zigler Museum

JENNINGS - The Zigler Art Museum (ZAM) will present the exhibit “Unsung Heroes of Vietnam” August 20 – October 21, 2011, featuring memorabilia and other related items from the Vietnam War. The exhibit is in conjunction with the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, which will be coming to the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park in Jennings on October 14.

“Unsung Heroes of Vietnam” is intended to serve as an opportunity for Veterans to pass down the story of their service not only to the public, but to their families as well. It will also serve to honor those who served and as a way of saying thank you for their service.

Veterans and their families will also have the opportunity to compile scrapbooks of their photos and mementos at scrapbook workshops to be scheduled at ZAM.

Anyone with keepsakes from the Vietnam War such as letters, service-related items and other mementos who are interested in lending the items for exhibit are asked to contact the museum. All scrapbooks and memorabilia will be returned following the close of the exhibit on October 21, 2011.

In addition to the exhibit, ZAM is also offering Vietnam veterans the opportunity to be a part of a veterans’ quilt and is currently collecting embroidered quilt squares to honor local war veterans. Each square should measure 12 inches by 12 inches and should include the veteran’s name, branch of service and dates of service. Any color fabric may be used. The collected squares should be submitted at ZAM by the first part of August 2011. The quilt squares will be sewn together into a veterans’ quilt to be displayed as part of the “Unsung Heroes of Vietnam” exhibit.

Zelda Doucet, wife of Vietnam veteran Daniel Doucet of Jennings, has donated her time and talent towards the quilt’s construction.

For more information about donating quilt squares or lending items for exhibit or to register for a scrapbook workshop, contact the Zigler Art Museum, 411 Clara Street in Jennings, at 337-824-0114 or by email at zigler-museum@charter.net.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 4 p.m.

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