The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War Site Support Information

Questions/Contact Information

If you have questions, please reach out to:

American Library Association
Public Programs Office
Phone: 312.280.5045

Order of Events and Checklist

  • As soon as your programs are planned, please fill out and submit the pre-program form (login required).
  • You must complete at least one program by December 31, 2017.
  • Complete a final report form (login required) by January 31, 2018.

Programming Requirements

Libraries selected to host The Vietnam War programming are responsible for presenting at least one public program, event or activity related to the themes explored in the film by December 31, 2017. All must be free to the public. To assist with this, ALA and WETA have created a programming guide, which is included in your kit. You can also download a digital version of it here.

Publicity and Promotions

For all printed materials, please include logos for:

Guidelines for ALA and PBS Acknowledgement

When in doubt, ask the ALA Public Programs Office (

  • Logos: Please use the PBS and the American Library Association logos on materials whenever possible.
  • At press events and public programs: ALA, PBS and WETA should be acknowledged orally at the beginning and end of press conferences, public programs, and other public events connected with The Vietnam War and at the beginning and end of radio or television interviews. An example of what you can say is "this program is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association, PBS and WETA Washington, DC."
  • In your promotion for The Vietnam War program(s), please be sure to include sponsor credits. The credit line in written materials such as press releases, media alerts, and newsletter articles should read as follows:
    THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C.
    Funding for THE VIETNAM WAR was provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; Blavatnik Family Foundation; 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; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Members of The Better Angels Society: Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund
    If the above credit line cannot fit on your materials, please include the following credit line:
    Programming for The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association, PBS and WETA Washington, DC.

Sample Media Materials

Be sure to alert your local media and community groups that your organization was chosen to participate in this national exhibition tour. Sample press release materials are below.

Promotional Materials

The following files were created using Adobe Creative Suite software. Please feel free to customize them with information about your program offerings. There is no need to seek approval of the customized pieces from the ALA Public Programs Office.

Program Discussion List

The Vietnam War project directors are members of an online project discussion list. As a member of the discussion list, you will automatically receive any message a member sends to the list. You may send a message to the entire group by e-mailing:

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The discussion list is a helpful way to:

  • Send program updates
  • Share ideas, resources, and helpful tips
  • Ask questions
  • Highlight useful links
  • Receive important updates from ALA Public Programs Office staff

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