Thursday, March 27, 2008

Vietnam Veterans Memorial goes Interactive

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has now gone virtual. A website launched by the National Archives and now allows increased interactive access to information about the 58,000 troops memorialized on the "Wall" in Washington DC.

The Website now provides access to service records, photographs, visitor comments and more. Finding a name is simple through the website's search function.

Visit the Virtual Wall here:

To read more about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, visit the National Parks Service Website:

"Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that “the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives.” She kept the design elegantly simple to “allow everyone to respond and remember.” -- NPS

Or read about the Wall in one of the Library's many books on the subject:

Morrissey, Thomas. Between The Lines: Photographs From The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial. DS559.83 W18 M67

All The Unsung Heroes: The Story Of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. VHS DS559.83.W18 A45x 1990

Hass, Kristin. Carried To The Wall: American Memory And The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. DS559.83.W18 H33 1998
Katakis, Michael. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. DS559.83.W18 K37 1988

Monday, March 17, 2008

Library Staff visit Phase III Building Site

On Thursday 13 March the Library Staff took a field trip to Phase III.

Construction is well underway on the attractive and spacious addition to the Alexandria Campus. Library Staff admired the openness, the transparency, and the VIEWS.

We also enjoyed a peak into the Public Conveniences: