Veterans' Voices

Veterans’ Voices 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.

Through collaboration and development eight themes have been identified as resonating with Veterans which are clearly woven throughout the entire program.  They are:  Combat vs Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perception, Reintegration, Service and Transformation.

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

Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

The Minnesota Humanities Center is currently seeking partner organizations to host Minnesota Remembers Vietnam in their communities and develop locally-relevant programs and events around Minnesotans’ experiences of the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Grants are available to support this work.

Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, a discussion and community engagement program of Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and the Humanities Center, is aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to remember the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia through the power of the humanities, honor the diversity of stories and experiences around this conflict, and understand our shared humanity through lasting relationships between Veterans and community members. The initiative complements the 18 hour documentary The Vietnam War from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick with a rich collection of multimedia, discussion programming, and story sharing that will bring to life the specific, multi-faceted experiences of Minnesotans.

Letters of Interest accepted July 7–August 7, 2017.

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2017 Veterans' Voices Award

Veteran Voices' Award Ceremony and Dinner September 11, 2017

Date: Monday, September 11, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. Reception, 5:30 p.m. Welcome and Dinner, 6 p.m. Program
Location: University of St. Thomas, Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105 (Map)
Cost: Early Bird Rate $15, $25 after August 21

This event honors “On the Rise” Veterans, ages 40 and younger, and “Legacy” Veterans, ages 41 and older, from across Minnesota who have honorably served and awards them with the 2017 Veterans’ Voices Award. These actively engaged former and current military service members are recognized for outstanding community contributions.

Questions? Jessica Rust, Program Assistant, 651-772-4248,

Thank you to everyone who nominated someone for the 2017 Veterans' Voices Award. Nominations are now closed. Please check back in August for the announcement on this year's awardees.

2016 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF) | Why They Were Nominated (PDF)

2015 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF) | 2014 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF) 

2013 Veterans' Voices Awardees


Echoes of War

Discussion Leader Training

Dates: Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20 and Friday, September 15-Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. (Friday) to Noon. (Sunday)
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul, MN
Cost: No cost. Meals, lodging, and a modest stipend provided.

Echoes of War is a humanities discussion program that engages Veterans and members of the public in community dialogue on the memory of war in personal and public history.

The Minnesota Humanities Center will train a cohort of Discussion Leaders to be equipped with a deep understanding of project texts, scholarship, and facilitation techniques. Guided by outstanding scholars and leading voices from Minnesota’s Veteran communities, the Discussion Leader trainingwill be an intensive, residential program held at the Humanities Center over the course of two weekends.

Following the second weekend training retreat, the Humanities Center will assist Discussion Leaders in hosting rich conversations in their own communities throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Public discussions will take place in Northfield, St. Paul, and Winona in conjunction with local partner organizations: Carleton College, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, and Winona County Historical Society.

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This Veterans’ Voices programming is generously supported through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Reflections on War and Service: Memorials on the St. Paul Capitol Mall

An Educator Guide to War Memorials at the Minnesota State Capitol Mall

How Americans remember war and military service is shaped by two narratives. The first story is about duty and honor that memorialize war; the second story includes those intensely personal experiences of Veterans and how war is remembered. War memorials, like those found here in Minnesota on the State Capitol Mall and those on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., serve as visual resources for the public to reflect on how war is memorialized and remembered. Reflections on War and Service fills in the missing stories (those absent narratives) of Veterans, service members, and military families who remember war. This educator guide is designed around the stories of war, service, and memorials that are experienced on a class field trip to five specific war memorials on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.

War Memorial Educator Guide (PDF)

Explore Additional Veterans’ Voices Resources


This programming is sponsored in part with support from private individuals supporting the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Veterans’ Voices programming and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.