The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 27, 2014

Vietnam exhibit to visit Carnegie

The traveling exhibit Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam will be on display in Carnegie Hall’s Museum Gallery from May 1 to June 28 with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 8. The reception is free and open to the general public.

Marking Time and other complementary events will be co-hosted by the Greenbrier Historical Society & Carnegie Hall.

Carnegie Hall will host the canvas artwork and GHS will create an exhibit discussing the Vietnam era and the war’s impact locally. Other events include lectures, films and music from this era of social unrest.

Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam has never before been on display in West Virginia. The exhibit represents the stories of young American soldiers going to Vietnam during the 1960s. The graffiti, left on the bunk canvases of the troopship General Nelson M. Walker, reflect the attitudes and events of a turbulent decade of our nation’s history.

The exhibit was developed by Art and Lee Beltrone of Keswick, Va., and blends art and history in a unique way. Exploring the makings of Marking Time, Beltrone will be the guest speaker for Carnegie Hall’s May 20 “Brown Bag Tuesdays,” part of Carnegie Hall’s free lunchtime programming. The program will be at noon in Carnegie’s Hamilton Auditorium.

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibit, Carnegie Hall is also hosting a book club in May. The book chosen is “The Things They Carried,” written by Tim O’Brien. A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, this book is a groundbreaking meditation on war, memory, imagination and the redemptive power of storytelling.

A discussion of the book will begin at 5:30 p.m. May 15 in the Hamilton Auditorium. All those attending should have read the book before the book club meeting. Copies are available at most local libraries, or the book may be purchased from various online sources.

For more information on this and other programming, call 304-645-7917 or go online at

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