The Humphrey Institute’s Center for Democracy and Citizenship hosted an oral history exhibit, Warrior to Citizen: Stories of Minnesota’s Most Recent Veterans, at the Humphrey Forum beginning Tuesday, January 27, and continuing through Saturday, January 31.
The exhibit showcases various elements of the service members’ experiences, from preparing for war to understanding their role as citizens upon returning home through multimedia and artifacts. The exhibit offers a unique opportunity for the community to hear first-hand accounts from Minnesota veterans directly upon returning home rather than decades after participating in conflict. It also provides a chance to understand the unique skills and experiences returning veterans learn while serving overseas and the challenges they face reintegrating into their communities at home.
Warrior to Citizen: Stories of Minnesota’s Most Recent Veterans debuts at the Humphrey Forum. Other campuses and communities plan to host the volunteer-organized exhibit, including Augsburg College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Farmington, Mankato, Perham, Moorhead, Brainerd, and St. Cloud.
“This exhibit is designed to move beyond the sound bite, the splashy image, and attention only on the heroes and the dead. Thousands of Minnesotans quietly have been creating contemporary history, engaging in acts of personal courage and selflessness. Yet we don’t know this, and we certainly don’t know them,�? says Tim Kamenar, a member of the Minnesota National Guard and an instrumental organizer of the oral exhibit.
The Warrior to Citizen Campaign, organized by the Humphrey Institute’s Center for Democracy and Citizenship, is a grassroots effort to provide enduring support to Minnesota’s returning veterans and their families. The campaign challenges all Minnesotans to think actively about how returning veterans can contribute their new skills and insights to our organizations, businesses, schools, local governments, and communities as citizens.