The Vietnam War was one of the most polarizing events in American history. Over 3000 Pennsylvanians were killed in action, with many more listed missing. Over 20,000 displaced Vietnamese refugees started their American journey at a temporary refugee resettlement center at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Central Pennsylvania is home to veterans, protestors, refugees, service men and women’s families, and civilians who supported our military. We all have a story to tell. It’s time to convene a courageous conversation about the Vietnam War.

THE VIETNAM WAR: WITF STORIES provides an in-depth multimedia look at The Vietnam War to explore how it impacted South Central Pennsylvania. Through regional and statewide collaborative partnerships we tell the stories of people in our region who were touched by one of the longest wars in United States history. It all began with the landmark documentary event THE VIETNAM WAR, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick which premiered on WITF TV in September 2017. In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides

WITF’s project is supported locally by Willow Valley Communities and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, and through a station engagement grant from WETA.


See photos from the premier event.

National funding for THE VIETNAM WAR, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is provided by: Members of The Better Angels Society; Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.