When you are out exploring the sites within our Heritage Area, hopefully you are able to find yourself, and your story. It can be a moving experience to visit a site where you know someone just like you, a distant member of your family even, may have stood, or where someone of your race or gender faced a difficult time.
The National Park Service Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage project explores how the legacy of Asian American Pacific Islanders can be recognized, preserved and interpreted for future generations. Initiatives like the Vietnamese American Oral History Project and Exhibit help encourage the important stories of our past to be preserved so they can be shared in the future. Know someone with a history to share? Encourage them to record it for future generations. After the Vietnam War, many Hmong of Laos left their country and traveled to the United States and settled in southwest and other parts of Kansas in the 1970s. For more information on immigration to Kansas, visit the Kansas Historical Society website on “Settlement in Kansas.”
Asian American Pacific Islander heritage can even be found in the themes of Freedom’s Frontier. A new publication, published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, came out that discusses Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War. Fighting on both sides of the war, this book takes an in-depth look at the soldiers who fought. Including John J. Finn, a private in company E of the 3rd Missouri Calvalry.