The Veterans History Project is a project of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress that encourages war veterans; their families, veteran groups, community groups, and students to audio and videotape the memories of veterans' time in service.
West Virginia's Veterans History Project is a grassroots campaign to collect the stories of West Virginia's 202,000 veterans. The project is dependent upon the participation of individuals and groups throughout the state to collect stories of veterans to send to the Library of Congress.
The project is designed to preserve the histories of American veterans and civilians who were involved in World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars. It will preserve the stories of all men and women (civilian and military) who were affiliated with each of the wars.
- Why is the Veterans History Project so important to West Virginia?
As of March 23,2003 only 21 submissions from the state of West Virginia had been received. Approximately 202,000 veterans reside in West Virginia - out of a population of 1.8 million. West Virginia has the highest number of veterans per capita in the nation. Find out more
- Are there classes or workshops I can attend to learn more about collecting histories?
Yes. Please see our class and workshop schedule to find out more. If your group (of 10 or more) is interested in sponsoring a workshop, please contact us to request a workshop in your area.
- How can I help?
The best way to help the project is by volunteering to record a vet's story. The WVU School of Journalism, unfortunately, does not have the resources to record everyone's story, but with the help of individuals like you, these stories can be documented before it is too late. If you are interested in interviewing a vet, simply request a Field Kit or Memoir packet from the Library of Congress and set up a time to interview.