For five years, Minneapolis-based artist Monica Haller dedicated herself to helping veterans, refugees, and civilians who experienced the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam record their accounts on paper. Her efforts inspired the creation of 50 books, and the resulting collection is currently on display at SUNY Adirondack.
The Veterans Book Project, as the collection is called, brings the reality of war to life for those who may not have felt its impact. According to The Post Star, the 50 books “range in length from 20 to 150 pages,” and some can be completed in as little as 20 minutes.
SUNY Adirondack is one of many SUNY campuses who have hosted the Veterans Book Project, and the books will be on display through November 12 in Dearlove Hall’s Visual Arts Gallery. The gallery’s hours are 10:00AM – 3:00PM on Monday – Thursday, and 5:30PM – 7:30PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Stop by the gallery and read stories from an Iraqi girl who was severely injured by an unexploded bomb, a former solider who is now an anti-war activist, and many others. After listening to their voices, you may find that you have a different perspective about war than you did before you started reading.
- The Post Star: SUNY Adirondack exhibit captures veterans’ stories