Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Join us for this special afternoon exploring the still-pressing issue of unexploded bombs in Laos and Southeast Asia with Legacies of War. Families will learn about the history of the bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War, the impact on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and how to advocate for the safe removal of bombs today.
In 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that April 4th of each year would henceforth be observed as International Mine Awareness Day, a day to bring attention to the needs of people, including children and families, affected by the detonation and threat of detonation of these explosive hazards.
In observance of this day and as a part of our special exhibition programming for The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, the New-York Historical Society is partnering with Legacies of War, to share a presentation with our family visitors dedicated to raising awareness of Vietnam War-era bombing and advocating for the clearance of unexploded bombs. The presentation will be led by Channapha Khamvongsa and Titus Peachey, Executive Director and Board Chair respectively of Legacies of War. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A session for kids and their adults.
Channapha Khamvongsa is founder and executive director of Legacies of War, an organization that seeks to address the problem of unexploded ordnance in Laos, to provide space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace. She has written and spoken widely about the secret war in Laos and its aftermath and has appeared in the New York Times, Democracy Now!, CNN, ABC, PBS and CBS News. She was born in Vientiane, Laos and came to the U.S. as a refugee at the age of seven.
Titus Peachey and his wife Linda were the directors of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) aid program in Laos from 1980-1985. Titus returned to Laos in 1994 to help coordinate the beginning of the humanitarian demining project in Laos, working alongside the Mines Advisory Group and the Lao Committee for Social and Veterans Affairs. He is the recently retired Director of Peace Education for MCC U.S.
Clearing UXO (unexploded munitions) near Phonsavan, Xieng Khuang Province, Laos, S.E. Asia, Photo courtesy of
Legacies of War
Bombies, Photo courtesy of Legacies of War
Boy holding "bombie" model. Photo courtesy of Legacies of War.
Bomb clearance technician in Laos; Courtesy of Legacies of War