On January 26, 2018, the Newseum opened its “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War” exhibit which showcases the work of Stars and Stripes photographer John Olson, who spent three days with the Marines at the 1968 Battle of Huêˊ, the bloodiest single battle of the Vietnam War.
This innovative exhibit, which opened on the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, features 20 large-format photographs and 10 tactile versions of those photographs with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews, allowing blind and low-vision visitors to experience the images through touch and sound. The Newseum is the first museum in the United States to host a major tactile exhibit designed to include blind and low-vision visitors.
The exhibit also includes unique artifacts, including Nikon cameras that Olson used in Vietnam and personal items from the Marines, as well as newspapers and magazines that published Olson’s photography. Ten Marines were interviewed for the exhibit, including the battalion and company commanders, some of them revealing their stories publicly for the first time.
Due to popular demand, “Marines and Tet” will now be open through the end of 2018.
|“The Marines and Tet” was produced in partnership with Stars and Stripes, which provides news for America’s military, and 3DPhotoWorks, which converts images to three-dimensional tactile prints.|
|Contributing support for “The Marines and Tet: The Battle that Changed the Vietnam War” has been provided by the National Federation of the Blind and Nikon.|