Annual Forum

We are pleased to announce our Annual Forum will be held on Saturday March 25th, 2017 at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation.

Forum will be entitled “For Them It Isn’t Over: The Perspectives of Our Vietnamese Allies Then and Now”. The focus will be the efforts of our brothers and sisters who fought along side the Americans in Vietnam and what happened when the war was over.

This is a timely, topic given discussion on the refugee crisis and suitable for all History, English Language Arts, and even Art teachers. Registration information is listed below. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Museum Educator Keri Giannotti at

Download the Registration Form Here:Registration Form

About the Forum:

The Forum is designed to help educators learn about new resources and ways that these resources can be used to develop classroom curriculum. Each year, the Forum highlights a different aspect of the Vietnam Era. Past topics have covered a wide range including popular culture, military and women’s history and comparisons with more recent military conflicts. The Forum takes global issues and ideas and presents them through a local, New Jersey perspective. The Forum is an opportunity to delve deeper into a specific topic with ample time for questions and answers.

Special Interest to Teachers:

The Forum provides educators with important scholarly and experience-based educational tools for engaging students in comparisons between the past and present.

Thank you to our program sponsor, the Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund. You can learn more about their important work here:

Past Forum Topics:

2014 Forum: Vietnam As A Usable Past: New Perspectives on Classroom Resources

This year’s topic presented new perspectives on and sources of historical resources that can strengthen and supplement classroom curriculum. Experts spoke about new ways to incorporate oral histories, photographs and home movies in to the classroom. These personal resources will invigorate lesson plans and engage students with the memories of those who lived through and made history during the Vietnam Era.

We Were There Too (2013)

The roles that American women have played during periods of military conflict have experienced a dramatic evolution. With each generation, women have moved closer and closer to the front lines of military operations. Further, technological advances have made it easier for families on the home front to communicate with their loved ones during military deployments.

This year’s panels focused on the experiences of women from Vietnam through modern day, both “in country” and on the home front, illustrating this evolution through personal perspectives.

“In Country”Expressions Created by Vietnam Veterans (2012)

During the Vietnam Conflict, servicemen and women used popular culture to cope with their experiences and pass the time. For many, these talents carried over to their lives as civilians and influenced their careers. These creative expressions offer new perspectives on their experiences. Panels focused on the experiences of New Jerseyans, allowing educators to interact with veterans.

Unrest in the Garden State: Student Activism during the Vietnam Era (2011)


To learn more about the NJVVMF as a Registered NJ Department of Education Professional Development Provider, click here.