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EXHIBIT OPENING: The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies and Advocates

March 24, 2018 all-day
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S Tejon St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Exhibit Opening: The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates

This traveling exhibit from the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics was made possible by funding from Harlan and Alice Ann Ochs of Colorado Springs, in honor of Larry Ochs.

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Photo Credit: Associated Press

The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates,” tells the story of the military wives who founded the organization that would later become the National League of POW/MIA Families. The exhibit will feature documents, artifacts, oral histories, multimedia, and regionally specific components.

This important national story is extremely relevant to the Pikes Peak region, which has a long history of military service and sacrifice. Colorado Springs Vice-Mayor (and later Mayor) Larry Ochs worked closely with Helene Knapp, a local and national leader in the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, to advocate for and support the Vietnam-era POW/MIA families in Colorado Springs.

CSPM is honored to be able to bring this exhibit to the Pikes Peak region and excited to work with the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics to raise awareness of this significant era in American History. This exhibit will run through December 2018. 

Opening Day Schedule:

10:00 am – Museum opens, exhibit opens to the public

11:00 am – Book Talk with Heath Lee

Guests are invited to join Heath Lee, author and exhibit curator for a presentation of her forthcoming book, The League of Wives:  A True Story of Survival and Rescue from the Vietnam Homefront. St. Martin’s Press will publish the book in 2019.

Reservations Required – $5 Suggested Donation, Free for Members

2:00 pm – The League of Wives Panel Discussion

Moderated by Audrey Coleman, Senior Archivist and Assistant Director of the Dole Institute of Politics, this fascinating panel discussion will explore the unique experiences of local POW/MIA wives, explain the roles of a select group of USAFA cadets and their close connections to families in the Pikes Peak region, and describe the history of our homegrown advocacy organization, Colorado Springs for POWs.

Reservations Required – $5 Suggested Donation, Free for Members


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  1. Brian Cook Says:

    I am a son of one of the wives who was part of this organization. I grew up in Colorado Springs as the son of an Air Force MIA. These women, friends of my mother, were always so kind yet so strong. The older I get, and having children of my own, I realize more and more every day how difficult their lives must have been I saw what my mother went through but I’m sure I only know a fraction of her story. It’s the same with Helene Knapp and the many others. I’m happy and proud to see them recognized for their service and actions. I only wish I still lived in Colorado Springs to be able to attend this panel on Saturday.

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