Veterans' Voices

Veterans’ Voices draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the stories and contributions of Veterans. This initiative amplifies, honors, and recognizes the stories and contributions of Minnesota Veterans in their own voice through plays, art, discussion groups, and the Veterans’ Voices Award.

Through collaboration and development eight themes have been identified as resonating with Veterans which are clearly woven throughout the entire program.  They are:  Combat vs Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perception, Reintegration, Service and Transformation.

Help support Veterans' Voices by donating through the Minnesota Humanities Center's Veterans' Voices Give MN page.

2017 Veterans' Voices Award

Nominations for the 2017 Veterans' Voices Award Are Now Being Accepted!

The Humanities Center is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Veterans’ Voices Award. Review eligibility and nomination requirements and nominate a Veteran today!

The Veterans' Voices Award recognizes, amplifies, and honors Minnesotans who have honorably served and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These actively engaged, former and current military service members go above and beyond to make significant, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota. 

2016 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF) | Why They Were Nominated (PDF)

2015 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF) | 2014 Veterans' Voices Awardees (PDF) 

2013 Veterans' Voices Awardees


Veterans' Voices Storytelling Project

Dates: Thursday, April 27-Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 8 p.m. (Thursday) to 9 p.m. (Saturday)
Location: Camp Ripely, Little Falls, MN
Cost: No cost. Meals and lodging (April 27-April 30) provided.

The Veterans’ Voices Storytelling Project allows Minnesota Veterans an opportunity to shape their own life experiences into well-crafted stories that they can share with peers and community members. Through an intensive workshop April 27-29, 2017 held at Camp Ripley and conducted by experienced instructors from The Moth Community Program, participants will gain the skills and preparation to effectively share stories in their own words. No prior storytelling experience necessary!

After the retreat, participants will perform their stories up to four times over the course of a year at public storytelling events in select communities around the state.

Echoes of War

Discussion Leader Training

Dates: Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20 and Friday, September 15-Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. (Friday) to Noon. (Sunday)
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul, MN
Cost: No cost. Meals, lodging, and a modest stipend provided.

Echoes of War is a humanities discussion program that engages Veterans and members of the public in community dialogue on the memory of war in personal and public history.

The Minnesota Humanities Center will train a cohort of Discussion Leaders to be equipped with a deep understanding of project texts, scholarship, and facilitation techniques. Guided by outstanding scholars and leading voices from Minnesota’s Veteran communities, the Discussion Leader trainingwill be an intensive, residential program held at the Humanities Center over the course of two weekends.

Following the second weekend training retreat, the Humanities Center will assist Discussion Leaders in hosting rich conversations in their own communities throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Public discussions will take place in Northfield, St. Paul, and Winona in conjunction with local partner organizations: Carleton College, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, and Winona County Historical Society.

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This Veterans’ Voices programming is generously supported through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Reflections on War and Service: Memorials on the St. Paul Capitol Mall

An Educator Guide to War Memorials at the Minnesota State Capitol Mall

How Americans remember war and military service is shaped by two narratives. The first story is about duty and honor that memorialize war; the second story includes those intensely personal experiences of Veterans and how war is remembered. War memorials, like those found here in Minnesota on the State Capitol Mall and those on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., serve as visual resources for the public to reflect on how war is memorialized and remembered. Reflections on War and Service fills in the missing stories (those absent narratives) of Veterans, service members, and military families who remember war. This educator guide is designed around the stories of war, service, and memorials that are experienced on a class field trip to five specific war memorials on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.

War Memorial Educator Guide (PDF)

Explore Additional Veterans’ Voices Resources


This programming is sponsored in part with support from private individuals supporting the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Veterans’ Voices programming and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.