Items from Vietnam War era sought for Aurora exhibit
Beacon-News STaff October 14, 2013 3:58PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:17AM
The Aurora Historical Society is preparing an exhibit on the Vietnam War era and is looking to residents for help.
The exhibit will cover the years 1961 to 1975. The Historical Society is seeking the loan or donation of photographs and other items from the era for the event.
Items must have a specific connection to Aurora, or in the case of general culture, have been owned and used in Aurora.
The exhibit will open Nov. 8, to coincide with the visit of the Vietnam Moving Wall. Topics to be included in the exhibit are daily life, music, fashion, education, local sports, social life, employment, toys and entertainment, women’s liberation, race relations and military service.
Due to space limitations not all items may be accepted for the exhibit, but examples would be an Instamatic camera with flash cube, a transistor radio, Barbie and G.I. Joe figures, “hippie” clothing, flyers and programs from dances and ball games, military uniforms and gear, and photos of all kinds.
Items specific to the Vietnam War are also wanted. Examples would be photos of Aurorans in action or in uniform; uniforms from each branch including underclothes, pins and weaponry (guns, knives, casings, etc.).
There may be limited space for “trophies” such as captured flags.
Anyone wishing to offer artifacts or photographs (photos can be scanned and returned by the Historical Society, but usage rights would be retained), should contact Executive Director John Jaros by email at email@example.com or by mail at P.O. Box 905, Aurora, IL 60507, Attn. Exhibit.
The exhibit will run through mid-January at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.
A free opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 with typical food and music of the era, sponsored by Fox Valley Ford.
The museum will be open Nov. 9 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the convenience of those going to the Moving Wall exhibit at West Aurora High School and the Veterans Day Parade on Downer Place.
Other aspects of the exhibit will be a lecture on Nov. 10 and oral history interviews every Saturday until Dec. 21.
For more information the upcoming exhibit, visit www.aurorahistory.net.