New exhibit on Vietnam War

A major new exhibition on the Vietnam War at the New York Historical Society:

“For the people who live it, history is personal. And if you live it intensely, you feel you own it, or it owns you. A lot of Americans still feel that way about the Vietnam War years. No matter how removed you were from actual combat, if the war consumed your attention, shaped your emotions, and dictated your actions, you were in the middle of it.

That’s where the word-and-object jammed exhibition called “The Vietnam War: 1945-1975” at the New-York Historical Society puts you. From the minute you walk in, you’re surrounded.”


Ho Chi Minh City’s Vanishing Architecture

Many of Ho Chi Minh City‘s French colonial buildings are being torn down and replaced with high rise buildings. The city has one of Asia’s fastest growing economies and many of the new buildings are for a demand for more office space and housing. Many people are worried that the destruction of these historic buildings will decrease the city’s amount of tourists and the revenue they bring each year. Ho Chi Minh City has no monument protection laws although city officials are starting to write a plan to classify buildings and mark them for protection, but the process could take years.

In Election, Austria’s Nazi Past Raises Its Head

In this article, the author discusses the recent election success that the conservative parties in Austria have had. These parties’ growing support has largely been in response to a growing concern among some of the perceived negative role of incoming immigrants play in their country. The recent push for extreme conservatism shown in the Austrian election has also appeared in the recent elections in the United States, France, and other Western nations, and has often brought new life to political parties on the far right.

World War I’s Neglected Monuments Are Getting Spruced Up

Many WWI monuments have been neglected and are in need of major repairs. The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission started a program called 100 Cities/100 Memorials. 100 WWI memorials are given grants and must be updated by the 100th anniversary of the war’s end on November 11th, 2018.

The program’s manager Theo Mayer says, “There are some cases of vandalism, but in general it has been time and a lack of maintenance and really nobody paying much attention. Somehow the war slipped into our historic unconscious, and so did the memorials.”

The Centennial Commission is also in charge of building the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.