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Local author exhibits artifacts of Vietnam, paintings, gives talk


The Lambertville Historic Society will host a unique event for two November weekends at the Marshall House Museum, 60 Bridge St., Lambertville, N.J.

In “From Saigon to Lambertville,” local resident and author Sandy Hanna will exhibit artifacts from Vietnam collected when she and her family lived in Saigon in the early 1960s, along with her paintings inspired by her father, the Colonel’s, photography of that time.

Her talk will mirror much of what her coming-of-age memoir, “The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon,” depicts.

Focusing on the historical aspects of the time before American involvement in the Vietnam war, her true story covers the move of her military family to Saigon, Vietnam, where the Colonel served as a military advisor to the South Vietnamese Army.

Her coming-of-age story takes place in a turbulent country striving for nationalism, giving the reader a look into the life of military dependents living abroad and the underlying ignorance that surrounds a little understood time in history.

Historical documents given to her by her father from his Vietnamese military counterpart, Colonel Le Van Sam, expose unknown facts about the regime that the American government was supporting.

Hanna’s talk will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on both Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. RSVP to 609-397-0770 or The event is free with a $5 suggested donation. The exhibit will be open for browsing from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17.

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