Beginning in February, the National Archives at Kansas City will launch a public program series focused on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and how its impact affected Americans at home and abroad. This series coincides with an exhibition currently on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. titled Remembering Vietnam.

The first event of this program series will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Road. It will feature a moderated conversation with Dr. Jim Willbanks, who served as an advisor and was interviewed for the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary film The Vietnam War. Willbanks will be interviewed by Kansas City Public Television community engagement producer Lindsey Foat, who will share clips of the documentary. A free light reception will precede the program at 6 p.m.

The Vietnam War is a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Burns and Novick, is an immersive 360-degree narrative. They tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film as the documentary features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses.

This is a free event, but reservations are requested, email