Presidio Trust
Operation Babylift exhibition

Operation Babylift exhibition
Operation Babylift exhibition
Operation Babylift exhibition
Operation Babylift exhibition

This wall asks visitors to leave their own comments and thoughts about Operation Babylift.

Operation Babylift exhibition

There was a huge amount of comments left on the wall by visitors, of all ages and backgrounds—including those who were involved in the airlift directly, whether as adopters, adoptees, or other participants

Operation Babylift exhibition
Operation Babylift exhibition

Operation Babylift was the airlift that removed more than 2,000 Vietnamese children from their war-torn country to be adopted by American families as Saigon fell in 1975. At the Presidio, 1,500 of these children were cared for by more than 5,400 volunteers. Operation Babylift was heavily debated at the time across the country and the exhibition looks at the controversy as well as its legacy today.

Our design traces the history of the operation in detail, while also allowing visitors to contribute their own thoughts regarding the event 40 years on.

(Co-curated by the Adoption Museum Project and the Presidio Trust)

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