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WVU J-School to hold statewide Veterans History Project training workshops

CONTACT: Joel Beeson, Asst. Professor, WVU School of Journalism, 304-293-3505, ext. 5422

The West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism will host several training sessions for the West Virginia Veterans History Project throughout the state in spring 2004. The training will provide information on the Veterans History Project and instruction on documenting oral histories from local veterans and those who served in support of them. The sessions will cover interviewing techniques and operation of audio/visual equipment.

The Veterans History Project is an official project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. It was 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. The projects encourages war veterans, their families, veterans groups, community groups and students to audio- and videotape the memories of veterans’ time in service to be preserved in the Library of Congress.

As of March 23, 2003 only 21 submissions from the state of West Virginia had been received by the Library of Congress. With 202,000 veterans residing in West Virginia, we have the highest number of veterans per capita in the nation. Senator Robert C. Byrd approached West Virginia University in 2002 to help lead the effort in West Virginia to collect the stories of the state’s veterans.

For more information about the training workshops for the Veterans History Project in West Virginia, contact Joel Beeson, WVU School of Journalism, 304-293-3505, ext. 5422

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