Inside the Vault

Inside the Vault: Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Views on Vietnam in 1968

Join us on October 6, 2022, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) when our curators will discuss Dwight D. Eisenhower’s views on Vietnam in 1968 with Professor Michael J. Birkner of Gettysburg College. We will examine “A Balance Sheet on Bombing: Statement of the Special Committee on Bombing Policy of the Citizens Committee for Peace with Freedom in Vietnam” and “Negotiations: Hopes and Realities.” These unique drafts contain numerous edits throughout the text. We will be discussing Eisenhower’s views toward Vietnam in 1968 and how they compare to views he held as president.

Submit your questions for Professor Birkner here.

This event is for teachers, students and their families—and everyone with an interest in history!

Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

PD certificates will be sent to all who attend the entirety of the program.


Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is an online program that highlights unique primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. From iconic historical treasures, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, to personal letters that reveal the contributions of ordinary American citizens, each session will investigate primary sources and discuss their background, impact, and potential use in the classroom.

Upcoming Programs

November 3, 2022: Join us on November 3, 2022, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) when our curators will discuss the NAACP pamphlet Meanwhile Back at the Branch with Barbara Combs of Kennesaw State University. This pamphlet details the initiatives of NAACP branches across the country that took place at the same time as the Selma March in 1965. We will examine many of the different ways people across the United States worked to advance equality.

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