Back in the World

May 28 – August 1, 2010

The Vietnam War, which saw the last removal of American troops 35 years ago, still weighs heavily in the hearts and minds of many Americans. As a tribute to the service and sacrifice of Wisconsin Vietnam veterans, Back in the World delivers a powerful social message about the controversial conflict.

Haunting portraits and emotional recollections set the tone and story of Back in the World, a traveling portrait exhibit that goes behind enemy lines to uncover the Vietnam War through the eyes of soldiers. The exhibit features more than 30 large-scale, color portrait photographs of Wisconsin Vietnam veterans from all regions of the state. The portraits’ intense gazes and solemn expressions exude the gravity of the display and bring visitors face-to-face with the men and women who experienced the horrors of war and the unwelcoming return to civilian life. The scale and presence of the images combine with personal recollections from area veterans to make a powerful statement that provides insight into the memories, experiences and impact of the Vietnam War on Wisconsin soldiers.

Back in the World is on a statewide tour as part of the Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories documentary project, a Wisconsin Public Television documentary presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television.

Funded in part by Associated Bank.