Project Unpack: Telling Stories, Creating Community is a one-year program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to initiate dialogues in the Fargo-Moorhead and North Dakota communities about the legacies of American wars. We plan to create space for veterans, their family members, and the larger community, to unpack, or in other words, talk freely, about complex topics such as life in the military, experiences of war, the return home, and readjusting to life as a civilian.
To achieve these goals, we are launching a set of community events that foster multidimensional approaches to storytelling. These events include book discussions, artistic outlets, and the recording and archiving of personal stories. We hope that such programs allow the community to better understand what war veterans face upon their return home and the challenges that families face upon their veteran’s return home. “Unpacking” our internal baggage gives us time to reflect and consider the circumstances of our lives more fully. It gives us the opportunity to listen more thoughtfully and to develop compassion for those around us. We hope that you will join us.
Project Unpack Events and Initiatives
- Project Unpack Oral History Archive
- Community Book Discussions
- Artistic Workshops
- Memoir and Storytelling Workshops
- Author Series