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Thursday, June 3rd at 7 pm

An event via Zoom


Sometimes Heroes: America’s Changing Relationship with Its Veterans” 

with Jeb Wyman

Humanities Washington


Please join the Cowlitz County Historical Museum for its final First Thursday program of the season at 7pm on June 3rd via Zoom.  This program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and features speaker Jeb Wyman who will present: “Sometimes Heroes: America’s Changing Relationship with Its Veterans”. To learn more about Humanities Washington please visit: 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


 “Support our troops” is a common phrase, seen on lawn signs and bumper stickers across America. Veterans are welcomed home by enthusiastic crowds, and thousands of service organizations help veterans find jobs, secure housing, and heal from the experience of war.

But it wasn’t always this way. Veterans returning from Vietnam were often greeted by mobs accusing them of being “baby killers.” Veterans from Korea felt their war was forgotten and unknown. And veterans from World War I, destitute during the Great Depression, were treated like criminals by their government.

Why and how has America’s treatment of its veterans changed over time? How have the country’s citizens responded to the call of duty from one war to the next? This presentation examines America’s relationship to wars and veterans over the last century, and what shapes our current national consciousness towards veterans and the wars they fight in our name.


Jeb Wyman has been a faculty member for over twenty years at Seattle Central College. He has interviewed over seventy veterans for a collection of first-person accounts, What They Signed Up For: True Stories by Ordinary Soldiers. He is the academic director of the Clemente Course for Veterans at Antioch University, a program for veterans who study history, philosophy, art, and literature.


Sincerely yours,

Joseph Govednik, Director

Cowlitz County Historical Museum 




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