Uncle Sam Still Wants YOU!
For The Veterans History Project
Are you a U.S. war veteran? Then You Have A Story To Tell and the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project is the perfect venue.
According to the American Folklife Center website, “The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.”
Whether it is an account of World War I or II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, or the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, the Veterans History Project would like to hear about it. The project also gathers information from civilian supporters, war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, and medical volunteers.
The American History Project also accepts collections of artifacts for preservation. Do you have original photographs, letters, or a diary from those war years? Submission guidelines are posted to the website.
Are you a family member or the friend of a war veteran? A teacher or youth group leader? An Eagle Scout candidate looking for a service opportunity? Find out how to participate. The project website includes a registration form, a project kit, tips to aid in conducting an interview, and submission information.
Doing research on war life? The Veterans History Project digital collection can be browsed and is also searchable by name of the veteran, service location, service unit or ship, highest rank, or name of the interviewer. A website feature titled Experiencing Warhighlights specific groups such as Military Medicine, Chaplains, The WASP, Disabled Veterans, and many more.
The Monroe County Library System also has a collection of materials depicting war life. Check the catalog for titles about World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the Afghan War.
The Ellis Library and Reference Center also maintains several titles in the Local History collection that feature lists and biographies of men and women from Monroe County who served in these wars.