August 24, 2005 Veterans History Project to Attend Nebraska Elks Fall Conference
Library of Congress to Conduct Oral History Training; Veterans to Record Their Stories
Press Contact: Anneliesa Clump Behrend (202) 707-9822
Representatives from the Library of Congress will conduct training and interview sessions for the Veterans History Project at the Nebraska Elks Fall Conference on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Mid-town Holiday Inn, 2503 S. Locust St., Grand Island, Neb.
“The Veterans History Project offers a unique opportunity to record the meaningful stories America’s veterans have to tell,” said Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.). “I encourage veterans who have a story or a memory to share to schedule an interview during the Elks Conference in Grand Island. This is an important effort that remembers and recognizes U.S. veterans who have paved the way in making our world a safer and better place.”
The morning session will teach participants how to conduct interviews of war veterans for inclusion in the archives of the Veterans History Project. The session will begin at Participants in the training session will be able to conduct interviews with veterans during the afternoon.
Veterans who wish to participate in the afternoon interview session should schedule an interview by calling Dave Powers, chairman of the Elks State Veterans, at (308) 384-7475. Appointments will be approximately 30 minutes in length and scheduled from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to bring memoirs, photographs and other historical documents they are willing to donate to the Library of Congress. The veterans will check in at the registration area and be assigned to one of 10 interviewing stations.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is a nationwide volunteer effort to collect and preserve oral histories from America’s war veterans. The collection is housed at the Library of Congress. To date the archives has received nearly 40,000 individual submissions. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to e-mail the Veterans History Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or to call toll-free (888) 371-5848 to request a free project kit. For more information about the Veterans History Project, visit www.loc.gov/vets. Congress created the Veterans History Project with legislation sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.), Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rep. Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).