Veterans' Voices

Veterans’ Voices is a long-term initiative that draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the stories and contributions of Veterans. This initiative amplifies, honors, and recognizes the stories and contributions of Minnesota Veterans in their own voice through plays, art, discussion groups, and the Veterans’ Voices Award.

Help support Veterans' Voices by donating through the Minnesota Humanities Center's Veterans' Voices Give MN page.

2014 Veterans' Voices Month Law

Minnesota is the first state to designate an entire month to honoring Veterans. The Minnesota Humanities Center worked with Minnesota Veterans, Representative Jerry Newton (D-District 37A), Representative Bob Dettmer (R-District 39A), and Senator John A. Hoffman (D-District 36) to write a bill designating October as Veterans’ Voices Month (HF 2812). After passing both Houses by unanimous vote, Governor Mark Dayton signed Veterans’ Voices Month into law on May 16, 2014. This law will not only honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Minnesota Veterans, but will also educate all Minnesotans by sharing and studying Veterans’ experiences. Minnesota Veterans will be encouraged to share their stories through art, essays, and poetry in an effort to assist the public in understanding this unique military culture.

2014 Veterans' Voices Award

This September 11th the Minnesota Humanities Center will again honor Minnesota Veterans who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with the 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award. The Humanities Center invites anyone to nominate candidates who fall into two nomination categories: On the Rise (40 and under) or Legacy (41 and over).

Awards will be presented at the second annual Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony being held at the Humanities Center on the east side of St. Paul on September 11, 2014. This award recognizes Minnesotans who served honorably, are thriving, and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These former and current military service members make exceptional, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota.

The 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award nomination cycle has come to a close. 74 statewide nominations were received, and these nominations are now under review by a panel of their peers. Recipients of the 2014 Veterans' Voices Award will be announced in August.

Always Lost: A Meditation on War

From May 2014 through September 2015, the Humanities Center will coordinate a statewide traveling exhibition, Always Lost: A Meditation on War. Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographs and literary meditations on the nature of war, the memorial brings home the personal and collective costs of war and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce a request for proposals for organizations interested in becoming a host site for the Minnesota tour of Always Lost: A Meditation on War.

More Information | Always Lost RFP

Telling: Minnesota

Telling: Minnesota is the twelfth original production of The Telling Project. Like all of its predecessors, Telling: Minnesota has been created through an intensive process of interviews with veterans and their family members, scripting from these interviews, performance training, and rehearsal. The individuals on stage are Minnesota military veterans performing their own stories of service. A facilitated discussion led by Ryan Schmidt and a reception hosted by Carleton College will follow the performance. Veteran actors include: Angie R. Batica, Ken Plant, J.A. Moad, Ted John, Vince Undis, and Stu O Rawling.

Telling: Minnesota
Fall 2014 performance dates and locations coming soon. Check back for more details.

2013 Veterans' Voices Awardees

The Minnesota Humanities Center is pleased to announce the 25 awardees for the Veterans' Voices Award. The 25 recipients were awarded on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Letter of Recognition - Senator Al Franken (PDF)
Letter of Recognition - Senator Amy Klobuchar (PDF)
25 Veterans' Voices Press Release, September 17, 2013 (PDF)
25 Veterans' Voices Press Release, July 24, 2013 (PDF)
25 Veterans' Voices Biographies (PDF)
Why They Were Nominated
Veterans' Voices in the Media