Experiences of Chester Nez: American Hero & Navajo Code Talker

11/30/2019 | Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park | Miami, MO

Please join us at Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center as we share the past experiences of Chester Nez, one of the original Navajo Code Talkers and a World War II veteran. Through videos made possible by the Library of Congress, we are able to watch an extensive interview with Chester before his death in 2014. The program will include clips of Chester's interview highlighting topics such as attending a Navajo Boarding school, military recruitment and the development of the code, as well as personal stories recounting his military service.


This event will run concurrently with our traveling exhibit, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans In Our Nation's Armed Forces.” “Patriot Nations” was produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. For more information, visit www.mohumanities.org/patriot-nations.


Click here to read the news release for this program.


Click here to read the news release for the "Patriot Nations" exhibition.


Program Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
32146 N. Hwy. 122, Miami, MO | (660) 886-7537

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs