Since 2014, students and faculty from Stevenson University’s Public History program have aided Maryland Public Television (MPT) in what the station dubbed the largest initiative in its history. Throughout this spring and summer, “MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans” honored men and women who served in the Vietnam War with a series of programs and events, including “Maryland Vietnam War Stories,” a three-hour documentary aired in three parts from May 24-26.
To preview the documentary and to help raise money for the project, MPT aired its “Vietnam Initiative Preview” on April 21. The program included an interview with Glenn Johnston Ph.D., Chair of Stevenson’s Public History program and the University’s Archivist. Johnston, along with 34 Public History majors and one program alumnus, spearheaded the effort to locate and provide images of the 192 Maryland natives who are not represented with photos in Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s “Wall of Faces”—an online database commemorating service men and women killed in action. Since Stevenson began its involvement, the team has unearthed images for 122 of those 192 individuals through historical research and public engagement.