New Coronado exhibit tells story of POW wives

By | 2019-09-26 | including 1 item |
A new traveling museum exhibit coming to Coronado next week will showcase the role that wives played in bringing their prisoner-of-war husbands home from the Vietnam War. “The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW Allies & Advocates” is scheduled to open Oct. 5 at the Coronado Museum of History and Art and run through March. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free. The exhibit was curated by Heath Hardage Lee and is based on research she did for a non-fiction book, also called “The League of Wives,” which came out earlier this year. The Virginia-based author will talk about the project on Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the performing arts center at Coronado High School. General admission is $15. Both the exhibit and the book tell a little-known story with strong Coronado ties. The wives of hundreds of pilots shot down over Vietnam had been told by U.S. government officials to keep quiet. The officials were worried about antagonizing the North Vietnamese captors and undermining negotiations to free the prisoners.