TON DUC THANG MUSEUM AND THE ACTIVITIES IN MAY

     Practically celebrating International Museum Day (May 18), the month of workers, Ton Duc Thang Museum organized a series of activities such as:

     On the occasion of International Museum Day, May 18, with the theme "Museum for equality: diversity and integration", this year's theme honors the diversity of the museum; the current role of the museum is to create a valuable experience for groups of visitors, creating a common connection for the future and tradition. Ton Duc Thang Museum introduces to you the collection of artifacts presented by President Ton Duc Thang to his friends and relative. Through stories about artifacts, you will understand the love, concern and closeness of President Ton Duc Thang to his friends and relative.

    + The baton-Uncle Ton gave to Mr. Nguyen Van Duc, in 1977.

     Mr. Nguyen Van Duc (1906-1987), also known as Muoi Duc, whom President Ton Duc Thang used to help, was from Nui Sap village, Thoai Son district, An Giang province. Uncle Ton saw that he was his countryman who was in the poor family and young but fond of learning and persevering in succeeding in life, so he helped him to stay at his house when he studied in Saigon from 1923 to 1927.

     When Uncle Ton was arrested at Saigon Prison (1929), Mr Duc was one of the persons who contributed money to hire lawyer and desired that Uncle Ton had a decrease of imprisonment. During Uncle Ton was imprisoned in Con Dao Prison (1930- 1945) Uncle Ton’s wife had to do many jobs to feed her children: sewing and trading in Saigon and Vinh Kim (Tien Giang)and even acting as an employee in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Mr. Duc assisted her for returning to her native home (Vinh Kim) to live and feed her children.

     In 1946, Uncle Ton and his two daughters (Ton Thị Hanh and Ton Thi Nghiem) went to the North.  Following Uncle Ton's advice, Mr. Duc did not enter the base, he stayed in Saigon to run the operation. In 1954, he continued to help money to take Uncle Ton’s wife to the North for reunion with her family.

     In May 1975, on the first time returning to the South after the Liberation, Uncle Ton’s daughters came to visited Mr Duc according to the recommendation of Uncle Ton’s wife that “ After the unification of the country, you must come to visit Uncle and Aunt Muoi” ( the couple of Mr. and Mrs. Muoi). Whenever having the opportunity to go to Saigon, Uncle Ton always picked him and his wife up to the guest house for chatting and reviewing the old story. When Mr. Duc had economic difficulties, Uncle Ton took his savings and gave him.

     In 1975, after listening to his children that Mr. Duc's eyes were not visible, President Ton Duc Thang asked the ophthalmology doctors of Hanoi and Cho Ray hospital to take special care of Mr. Duc. But because of Mr. Duc's eyes were so severe, they could not be cured. In 1977, Uncle Ton presented Mr. Duc a wooden baton for him to trace the way.

     Being a successful intellectual, having lots of devotement to the achievement of liberation and building the country, Mr. Nguyen Van Duc always thought that his achievements came from the support of Brother Hai Thang who took care of and guided him. 

 

     + The flower cloth- Uncle Ton presented to Mr. Nong Dinh Thach’s family in 1960

     In 1948, Uncle Ton was elected Head of the National Patriotic Emulation Campaign. In his working position, Uncle Ton made an important contribution in making the Party's policy of patriotic emulation become the driving force of the national resistance war. During the period from 1948 to 1950, Uncle Ton came to live and work at Mr. Nong Dinh Lang's house, in Ban Bac hamlet, Diem Mac commune, Dinh Hoa district, Thai Nguyen province. At the same time, Mrs. Ton Thi Nghiem (Uncle Ton's second daughter) stayed at Mr. Nong Dinh Thach's house (Mr. Nong Dinh Lang’s neighbor) and she was assisted and helped by Thach's family, especially when Mrs. Ton Thi Nghiem gave birth to her first daughter (Tuong Bich Van). Being always grateful and appreciated the heart of Mr. Thach and his family, Uncle Ton gave him a flower cloth when Mr. Thach went to Hanoi to visit him in 1960. The cloth used to be the curtain at Mr. Thach's house before being awarded to Ton Duc Thang Museum.

 

     + Piece of the blanket- Uncle Ton presented to Mr. Thach Van Khy when he got married in 1950.

     In 1949, Uncle Ton and the Office of the National Assembly and the Viet Minh-Lien Viet Front moved and worked at Yen Thuong Hamlet, Trung Yen Commune, Son Duong District, Tuyen Quang Province. Mr. Thach Van Khy worked as an orderly for Uncle Ton from 1949 to 1954. In 1950, Mr. Thach Van Khy married his wife. In the conditions of resistance of material shortage, Mr. Thach Van Khy got married but he did not have a blanket to cover. Sympathized for the circumstance of the orderly, Uncle Ton cut his blanket in half and gave it to Mr. and Mrs. Thach Van Khy as a wedding gift. Mr. Thach Van Khy said: “At the end of 1950, I got married. Uncle Ton was very happy but disturbed: he said that he did not know what to give as gift in my wedding among the deprivative mountain and jungle. So, the thing was that a friend country gave me a blanket when I went over there, the blanket was new, I cut it in half and gave it to you, so we could cover together”.

      In 1954, the peace was restored in the North, Uncle Ton and the leaders of the Party and Government came back to Hanoi capital. Mr. Thach Van Khy did not follow Uncle Ton to Hanoi, he stayed in his homeland (Lang Ca village, Tan Trao commune, Son Duong district, Tuyen Quang province). The days living near Uncle Ton were the most beautiful days associated with Mr. Khy's youth. The blanket donated by Uncle Ton help Mr. and his wife to overcome the cold winters in Viet Bac. Nowadays, the eight children of Mr. Thach Van Khy have grown up. The wedding gift from Uncle Ton to the couple Mr. and Mrs. Khy will be remembered by his family forever.

 

     + The pepper-mill- Uncle Ton gave to his wife, in 1956.

     On December 9, 1955, the Stalin International Peace Prize Committee (then converted into Lenin International Peace prize) decided to award the Stalin International Peace Prize to comrade Ton Duc Thang - Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front, members of Vietnam’s World peace protection committee.

     On January 21, 1956, at Kremlin Palace (Moscow, USSR) the ceremony of 1955 Stalin International Peace Prize Committee was held to award the prizes to 06 soldiers in the world peace movement, Uncle Ton was among them.

     During staying in Moscow, The USSR gave Uncle Ton 10,000 rubles to buy souvenir for his family. On the last day of coming home, Doctor Tran Huu Nghiep - a member of the delegation reminded him to buy gifts for his family. Doctor Nghiep said: “When I reminded him about buying gifts to his family, he hesitated a bit and said: “I love eating fish cooked caramel with lots of pepper the most. My wife brings pepper seeds into a bowl to pound, the pepper splashes lum out. Her eyes are weak; she picks each pepper seed up and puts into the bowl. You find and buy me a pepper grinder for giving her, she must be very happy”. The pepper grinder's price was only 7 rubles bought at Moscow grocery store as a small gift but full of Uncle Ton's deep love for his wife. Uncle Ton gave the remaining amount of 9,993 rubles back to the Soviet Union. After Uncle Ton's wife passed away (May 25, 1974), the pepper grinder was still used by Uncle Ton's children to take care of their father.

 

     On the occasion of the month of workers, Ton Duc Thang Museum cooperated with the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Support Center to offer a bookcase to Youth and Workers at Mountech Co., Ltd. Through works written about President Ton Duc Thang, Ton Duc Thang Museum desires to bring the widely-spread "reading culture" to Ho Chi Minh City's workers with the purpose of creating a healthy playground and supplementary knowledge after working time.

The bookcase "Youth and Workers" given by Ton Duc Thang Museum in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City Youth Support Center at Mountech Co., Ltd

 

     In order to diversify the propaganda activities to suit each object, the Museum organized a radio program to introduce President Ton Duc Thang's life and career at Mountech Co., Ltd. through the loudspeaker system of the company; workers both work and listen to the explanation of President Ton Duc Thang's contributions to the nation's resistance war and founding our state. This is a new propaganda form of Ton Duc Thang Museum and will be popularly applied in export processing and industrial zones in Ho Chi Minh City.

Workers of Mountech Co., Ltd. are working and listening to the explanation of the life and career of President Ton Duc Thang through the radio system

 

     With the desire to bring the museum to people of all levels, the thematic exhibition "Uncle Ho - Uncle Ton" was co-ordinated by Ton Duc Thang Museum and Children's House in Binh Thanh District from 12 to 20 May, 2020. The exhibition gave visitors a general overview of the noble friendship, the close comradeship between Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton, two persons but the same direction. This is also a practical activity of the two units to celebrate the 130th birthday anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh'(May 19, 1890 - May 19, 2020).

Staffs of Ton Duc Thang Museum are carrying out the exhibition "Uncle Ho - Uncle Ton" at the Children's House in Binh Thanh District

Staffs of Ton Duc Thang Museum are carrying out the exhibition "Uncle Ho - Uncle Ton" at the Children's House in Binh Thanh District

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  • Sổ lưu niệm 2
    It's a good place to visit. I'm lucky to be here. God blesses Vietnam forever. Thailand     The visit to this museum was very informative. We learnt a heap about the history of Vietnam. The staff here are very educated and disseminated a wealth of information about Uncle Ton and his role in building the political culture of this...
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  • Sổ lưu niệm 1
    It's a good place to visit. I'm lucky to be here. God blesses Vietnam forever. Thailand     The visit to this museum was very informative. We learnt a heap about the history of Vietnam. The staff here are very educated and disseminated a wealth of information about Uncle Ton and his role in building the political culture of this...
    More