In partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics, the Coronado Historical Association (CHA) is presenting a new special exhibit about the wives of Vietnam POW’s and their tireless advocacy work. The exhibit opens to the public at the Coronado Museum, 1100 Orange Avenue, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The exhibition will be open free to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates, tells the story of the military wives who founded the organization that would later become the National League of POW/MIA Families.

In conjunction with the exhibit, CHA is proud to partner with the Coronado Arts Commission and the Coronado Public Library to host Virginia-based historian and 2017 Dole Archives Curatorial Fellow Heath Hardage Lee. Lee curated the exhibit based on her book “The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home.” Join us for an Evening with Heath Lee, held at the Performing Arts Center at Coronado High School on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Dr. Dean Nelson will lead a conversation with the author about exploring the powerful stories of POW wives through the book and nationally-traveling museum exhibition.

The evening includes an audience Q & A and author book-signings by both Lee and Nelson. Books will be available for purchase. All proceeds underwrite the cost of bringing the exhibit to Coronado. The Coronado Historical Association has a block of free tickets available for An Evening with Heath Lee this Friday, Oct. 4. Please share with anyone who might enjoy attending a discussion with the author of “The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home.”

Local residents, Bob and Gail Bardin have generously underwritten a block of tickets available to veterans, active duty, and family members. If you qualify for this ticket you may register online at This link goes directly to free tickets and is different than the one listed in promotional materials for the event. Click Register and select the quantity for each ticket “type.” (This allows us to report on participation. No one will be turned away for using the wrong “type” of ticket.) Tickets will be emailed. Attendees can also provide their name at the door.

Regular admission tickets for the event are $10 for CHA members and $15 for non-members and are available online at The Coronado Performing Arts Center Main Stage is located at 640 D Avenue in Coronado.

For more information please contact Kelly Purvis, Coronado Senior Management Analyst/Arts and Culture at 619-522-2633 or

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