February 8, 2002
Press Contact: Craig D'Ooge, Library of Congress (202)
Public Contact: Veterans History Project (888) 371-5848
Veterans History Project Seeks African-American Veteran Histories
The Veterans History Project is a project of the Library of Congress
through its American Folklife
Center to collect and preserve oral histories and documentary
materials from veterans of World War I, World War II, and the
Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars. The project was created
by Congress in legislation (P.L.
106-380) sponsored by Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel,
and Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer. The
legislation passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.
AARP is the founding private sector sponsor of the project.
To learn more about the project and to see a listing of more
than 150 Official Partners
and the members of its Five-Star Council,
Especially during African-American History Month, individuals,
family members, veterans, civic groups and organizations are invited
to interview African-American veterans by contacting the Veterans
History Project, where staff will provide guidance to ensure that
an audio or video interview be made and preserved at the Library
of Congress as part of the permanent record of our nation's history.
Noting that "the service and sacrifice of our war veterans
is the bulwark of our freedoms," James H. Billington, Librarian
of Congress, stated that "the record of their service must
be preserved for future generations."
The American Folklife Center is asking that those who would
like to participate call the toll-free message line (888-371-5848)
to request a kit leaving their names and mailing addresses or
contact the Veterans History Project by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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