October 18, 2005
Press contacts: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022;
Anneliesa Clump Behrend (202) 707-9822, [email protected]
National Geographic Contact: Carol Seitz (202) 828-6678
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT TO HOST
FOUR-CITY BOOK TOUR FOR LATEST PUBLICATION, “FOREVER A
Veterans in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Indianapolis
and Palm Coast, Fla., To Be Honored
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“Forever a Soldier: Unforgettable Stories
of Wartime Service” will be published by National Geographic
Books in association with the Library of Congress on Nov. 11,
Veterans Day. Author and Veterans History Project historian Tom
Wiener and several of the 37 veterans featured in the book will
participate in a four-city book tour in November and December.
A book-signing with the author will follow each program. All
programs are free and open to the public.
“The purpose of the tour is to promote our second book published
by the Library of Congress and National Geographic Books while
honoring the veterans’ stories that are featured in the
book,” said Diane Kresh, director of the Veterans History
Project. “We are pleased to be hosting a four-city book
tour with official partners who are critical to our nationwide
“Forever a Soldier” is a compilation of personal narratives of wartime
service from World War I through the current conflict in Iraq. Material includes
letters, diaries, private memoirs and oral histories collected by the Veterans
History Project. Each story is unique, but taken as a whole the compilation puts
a familiar face on the universal realities of war: courage and fear, horror and
exhilaration, sorrow and triumph.
A companion Web site to the book with selected stories can be viewed at http://www.loc.gov/foreverasoldier.
All 37 stories will be accessible on this site when the book is published in
“Forever a Soldier,” a 352-page hardcover book with more than
illustrations, will be available in November for $26 in bookstores nationwide
and through the Library’s Sales Shop, Washington, DC 20540-4985. Credit
card orders will be taken at (888) 682-3557. Online orders can be placed at http://www.loc.gov/shop.
The earlier volume, “Voices of War,” is now available in bookstores
nationwide and through the Library’s Sales Shop for $30 in hardcover and
for $16 in paperback. A companion Web site is also accessible at http://www.loc.gov/voices
Authorized by legislation passed by Congress in 2000, the Veterans History
Project of the American Folklife Center is a nationwide volunteer effort to
preserve oral histories from America’s war veterans. The collection is
housed at the Library of Congress. To date more than 40,000 individual submissions
have been received. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged
to e-mail the Veterans History Project at [email protected] or
to call toll-free (888) 371-5848 to request a free project kit. For more information
about the Veterans
History Project, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
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BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE
Book-signing with the author to follow each program. All programs
are free and open to the public.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, Erlanger, First Tennessee
and Channel 3 Eyewitness News, the program features author
Tom Wiener interviewing veterans James Dorris and Roger Ingvalson.
Book talk to be held at the Girls Preparatory School Auditorium
(205 Island Avenue, Chattanooga). To reserve a seat, call (423)
Atlanta, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Atlanta History Center
and Americans Remembered, the program features author Tom Wiener
interviewing World War II veteran Robert Powell at the Atlanta
History Center, McElreath Hall (130 West Paces Ferry Road,
NW, Atlanta). To reserve a seat, call (404) 814-4051.
Palm Coast, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. (Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Flagler County Public
Library, the program features author Tom Wiener interviewing
World War II veterans Giles McCoy and Augustus Prince at the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8696 (47 N. Old King Road, Palm
Coast). To reserve a seat, call (386) 446-6763.
Indianapolis, Ind., Friday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.),
the program features author Tom Wiener interviewing Julia Haskell
at the Indiana War Memorial (431 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis).
To reserve a seat, call (317) 226-5555.