Nov. 5, 2005
Contacts: Helen Dalrymple, (202) 707-1940, email@example.com
Anneliesa Clump Behrend, 202-707-9822, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.loc.gov/voicesofwar
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS’ VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT
SALUTES VETERANS THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8
New Book, VHP Bus, Performances Announced
In four years, the Library of Congress’ American Folklife
Center, with support from the U.S. Congress and AARP, has collected
more than 23,000 wartime oral history submissions through the
Veterans History Project.
This Veterans Day, “Voices of War: Stories of Service
From the Home Front and the Front Lines” will be published
by National Geographic Books in association with the Library
of Congress. A special Web site will
serve as an interactive guide to the book, allowing readers to
delve more deeply into each collection featured in Voices
A series of special programs to honor veterans and renew the
nationwide call for all Americans to record veterans’ wartime
stories is planned to accompany the release of the book.
The programs planned for Nov. 8 through Nov. 12 are listed below.
Monday, Nov. 8 – 6 to 7 p.m.
Voices of War” Book Party
Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First St. S.E.
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will speak about the Veterans History
Project and its first book, “Voices of War.” Veterans
and family members of veterans featured in the book who are attending
the ceremony include: Ivan Danzig, whose father was Robert Lee
Olen of Springfield, Va.; Alvin Dickson of Toledo, Ohio; John
Enman of Danville, Pa.; Marion Gurfein of Arlington, Va.; Thomas
Hodge, of Springfield, Mass.; Jeanne Urbin and Brian Markle of
Frankfort, Ind.; Helen Minor of Haslett, Mich.; Beatrice Restifo,
widow of Charles Restifo of Whitelake, Ca.; Warren Tsuneishi
of Bethesda, Md.; and Ron Winter of Hebron, Conn. To schedule
an interview before the 6 p.m. ceremony, contact Anneliesa Behrend
at (202) 707-9822.
Friday, Nov. 12 – 11 a.m. to noon
Unveiling of the VHP Bus, Veterans’ Share their Wartime
In front of the Madison Building, Library of Congress
And in Madison Hall
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi will unveil
a city-size bus at 11 a.m. before it goes on a year-long “tour
of duty” in Orlando, Fla. The painted bus is sponsored
by LYNX bus system of Central Florida and will run as a public
service to raise awareness about the Veterans History Project.
The bus will be available for photographs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To receive a high resolution image of the bus, call (202) 7079822.
The Veterans History Project staff will record veterans’ stories
and explain how everyone can participate in this important national
effort from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Madison Hall inside the building.
All veterans are welcome to record their stories.
Friday, Nov. 12 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
American Place Theatre Premieres “Voices of War: A Vietnam
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First St. S.E.
Produced by New York’s American Place Theatre and the Veterans
History Project, “Voices of War: A Vietnam Nurse’s
Journey” is a live performance adapted from the memories
of one Vietnam nurse, Rhona Marie Prescott, whose story is also
featured in the book “Voices of War.” The Nov. 12
evening will include a special 45-minute performance of Tim O’Brien’s “The
Things They Carried,” first published in 1990. A panel
discussion with Prescott, author Tim O’Brien and artistic
director Wynn Handman will follow the Nov. 12 performance.
Additional performances of “Voices of War” will
be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Nov 24 in the Coolidge Auditorium. Learning guides for teachers
are available free of charge by calling (202) 707-1071.
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