The Johnstown premiere of "We Never Got the Welcome Home: Western Pennsylvania Vets Remember Vietnam" will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, assistant professor of history at Pitt-Johnstown, produced the one-hour documentary. The premiere, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the campus' Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.
In producing the documentary, Dr. Newman worked with 15 students from Northern Cambria High School and their teacher, Karen Bowman. The project was funded by a $10,000 History Channel grant, which Dr. Newman co-authored. The film contains Vietnam footage from the Department of Defense, as well as footage from around Western Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va. Over two dozen local vets including, Congressman John P. Murtha, were interviewed. The film, which debuted last month in Northern Cambria, recieved a two-minute standing ovation at its conclusion.
Dr. Newman received the History Channel’s 2008 “Save Our History” Teacher of the Year Award as a result of his efforts.
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