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Four-city book tour
for "Forever A Soldier" planned
10/18/2005 -- “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
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.
programs are free and open to the public.
"Forever A Soldier" Book
Published on Veterans Day
9/2/2005 -- “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. Advance copies
of this compilation of stories of 37 servicemen and women will be on sale
in the Library of Congress Pavilion at the Library’s National Book
Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Dance, Music Commemorate End of WWII
9/1/2005 -- To mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World
War II, the Veterans History Project, of the American Folklife
Center at the Library of Congress, is sponsoring two special
concerts to be held in November in the Coolidge Auditorium
of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,
Veterans' Day Special on Public Radio
8/31/2005 -- The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project
will present a one-hour special titled “While the World Watched,” which
will be aired on and around Veterans Day, November 11, 2005 on
Public Radio International (PRI) affiliate stations around the
country. “While the World Watched” is
the fourth program in the acclaimed Experiencing War series. Former
U.S. Senator Max Cleland is host of this
series, which is created and produced by Lee Woodman.
Book Talk on Schneller's Breaking the Color Barrier
7/28/2005 -- Author Robert J. Schneller Jr. and Wesley Anthony
Brown will discuss Schneller’s new book, “Breaking
the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy’s First Black
Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality,” at
noon on Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Whittall Pavilion of the
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Veterans History Project Featured on C-SPAN
8/4/2005 -- On Saturday, Aug. 6, at 9 p.m., C-SPAN will air a 90-minute block on the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project on their "American Perspectives" show, featuring material from an interview with Tom Wiener, VHP historian and author of the forthcoming book "Forever a Soldier," to be published this fall by the National Geographic in cooperation with the VHP. The piece also includes oral history interviews with Sen. John McCain, Rep. Sam Johnson and Rep. Benjamin Gilman. Additional oral histories from the VHP will air on C-SPAN's "American Perspectives" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 20. “American
Perspectives” can be heard at http://www.c-span.org/.
Veterans History Project Honors Top Interviewers
7/12/2005 -- The Library of Congress’ Veterans History
Project (VHP) will honor 14 individuals, who have conducted more
than 3,200 interviews of veterans for the Veterans History Project,
at a reception on Monday, July 18. The oral histories resulting
from their prodigious efforts are now part of the permanent collections
of the Library of Congress. All of the top-producers have each
conducted more than 100 interviews.
Read tips from the top interviewers [2
pages, PDF 88.85 KB]
Webcast of War's End symposium, May 26, 2005
Photos from War's End symposium, May 26, 2005
Veterans History Project Highlights Stories From the
National WWII Memorial Dedication
7/1/2005 -- During the National World War II Reunion held over
Memorial Day weekend in 2004 the Veterans History Project collected
3,000 veterans' stories of wartime service. To celebrate that
historic reunion, selected stories are being presented in their
entirety online. These stories capture memories of battle, heroic
moments, stark realizations about the realities of war, and much-needed
comic relief as told by the men and women who were there.
Authors of "The Bonus Army: An American Epic" Will
Speak on June 22
Authors Paul Dickson and Thomas Allen will talk about their
book, “The Bonus Army: An American Epic,” at noon
on Wednesday, June 22, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor
of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence
Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, cosponsored by the Humanities
and Social Sciences Division and the Veterans History Project,
is free and open to
the public; no tickets are required.
Veterans History Project to Host Book Talk June 17
6/3/2005 -- Journalist Karen Spears Zacharias will discuss her
book, “Hero Mama: A Daughter Remembers the Father She
Lost in Vietnam and the Mother Who Held Her Family Together,” at
2 p.m. on Friday, June 17, in the West Dining Room of the James
Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington,
a recording of this Book Talk]
Memorial Day Activities Honor Veterans and Civilian Wartime
5/25/2005 -- To mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam
War and the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II this
Memorial Day, the Library of Congress’ Veterans History
Project (VHP) has planned a variety of activities, including
interviews of veterans, presentation of stories from the collection
assembled to date, and an advertising campaign to urge the general
public to participate in this nationwide, volunteer effort to
collect and preserve veterans’ stories.
Deputy Librarian of Congress to Deliver Memorial Day Speech
5/20/2005 -- Gen. Donald L. Scott (retired from the U.S. Army),
deputy librarian of Congress and veteran of the Vietnam War,
will deliver the keynote Memorial Day address at Boots-Dickinson
American Legion Post # 74. The program is free and open to
May 26 Symposium Marks 60th Anniversary of End of World
5/13/2005 -- “War’s End: Eyewitness to
History,” a half-day symposium cosponsored by the Veterans
History Project of the Library of Congress and the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum, will take place from 1:30 to 5:30
p.m. on Thursday, May 26, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
New Experiencing War Presentation Features
Stories of VE Day and VJ Day
5/12/2005 -- A new
selection of 13 fully digitized collections of materials submitted
by veterans and civilians is now available for the first time
on the Library of Congress Web site at http://www.loc.gov/warstories.
The latest addition of stories focuses on “VE” and “VJ” (Victory
over Europe and Victory over Japan), highlighting personal accounts
from veterans recalling the hours after the announcement of the
end of World War II.
Project Named "Top 50" in
Government by Harvard
3/21/2005 -- The Library of Congress Veterans History Project
was selected as one of the “Top 50” for the 2005
Innovations in American Government Award competition. Often referred
the “Oscar” of
government prizes, the award recognizes 50 of the most creative,
forward-thinking, results driven government programs at the federal,
state, county and city levels. The “Top 50” are now
eligible to win one of six $100,000 grants.
New Experiencing War Presentation Features Stories
of Military Medicine
3/3/2005 -- A new selection of 20 fully digitized collections
of materials submitted by veterans and civilians will be available
for the first time
on the Library of Congress Web site on Mar. 3 at http://www.loc.gov/warstories/.
The latest addition of stories focuses on military medicine and
highlights personal accounts from doctors, nurses and individuals
providing medical support. With this new set of fully digitized
stories, the Veterans History Project site offers 1,024 digitized
collections online, comprising
more than 48,000 individual items.
Veterans' Stories Featured in More Than Love Stories Radio
Program from PRI
2/7/2005 -- The Library of Congress’s Veterans
History Project will present a one-hour special titled “More
Than Love Stories,” which will be aired on and around Valentine’s
Day, Feb. 14, on Public Radio International (PRI) affiliate stations
around the country. The program is hosted by former U.S. Seantor
Max Cleland, and features 19 U.S. war veterans whose oral histories
of the American Folklife Center's Veterans History Project.
VHP Encourages African
American Veterans to Share Stories of Service
1/28/2005 -- During Black History Month and throughout the year,
the Library of Congress and the Association for the Study of
African American Life and History (ASALH) urge all African
American veterans to share their wartime memories with the
Veterans History Project.
VHP Honors Veterans On Week of Veterans Day 2004
11/5/2004 -- 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 Veterans History
Project's new book, Voices of War.
American Place Theatre Production Features Story of VHP Veteran
11/2/2004 -- Produced by New York’s American Place Theatre (APT) and
the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, “Voices of War: A
Vietnam Nurse’s Journey,” will premiere at the Library in honor
of Veterans Day at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, in the Coolidge
Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence
Ave S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free, but reservations
are requested by calling
707-1071. The production features the story of Rhona
Marie Knox Prescott,
a participant in the Veterans History Project.
Voices of War Book Features Stories From Veterans History
11/1/2004 -- “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 on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
VHP at the National Book Festival
10-9-2004 -- See the Veteran's History Project staff and visitors
to the Library of Congress tent at the Book Festival.
Oral History Organization Holds Workshop at Library
of Congress 10/22/2004
9/9/2004 -- Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) will
hold an oral history workshop at the Library of Congress on Friday,
October 22. The event is open to the public; pre-registration
and a fee are required. Information is available at http://www.ohmar.org/workshopcurrent.html.
VHP Becomes New
Home of 95th Bomb Group’s Oral
9/9/2004 -- The Veterans History Project is very pleased to
be the recipient of the 95th Bomb Group’s oral history collection.
The donation will be made in connection with the Group’s
2004 reunion in the Washington, D.C. area. Presiding will be Mr.
William “Dub” Vandegriff, President, 95th Bomb Group
Association and Mr. Gerald Grove, President, 95th Bomb Group Foundation.
VHP to Participate in
Fan Appreciation Day with the Potomac Cannons
8/18/2004 -- At 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, the Potomac
Cannons -- the Carolina League affiliate of the Cincinnati
Reds -- will
host their annual Fan Appreciation Day. As part of the Potomac
Cannons’ effort to honor service men and women, the
Cannons are partnering to promote the Veterans History Project.
Volunteers to Collect Veterans' Stories During WWII Reunion
5/23/2004 -- In an unprecedented effort, the Library of Congress
will collect on-the-spot interviews from World War II veterans
and civilians who served in support of
them during the National World War II Reunion, May 27-30, 2004. In teams of two,
Library of Congress staff will roam the National Mall to record
of World War II
veterans and home front workers.
New Edition of Experiencing War Web
Site Features D-Day Veterans
5/20/2004 -- A new installment of 21 digitized collections
of materials submitted by veterans and civilians who were involved
with D-Day are now avaialble online at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
This edition of the web site brings the total number of individual
wartime stories online to 348. These personal narratives
focus on three topics: experiences during the June 6, 1944,
of American and British troops in Normandy, France, called “On
the Beach”; efforts in support of the battle, “Beyond
the Beach”; and struggles in the days that followed, “D-Day
Plus 1, D-Day Plus 2….”
Veterans' Stories Featured in Lest We Forget Radio Special from PRI
5/19/2004 -- "Lest We Forget" is the second program in the acclaimed
Experiencing War radio series. Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland
is host. The program features stories from World War II veterans,
drawn from the oral histories gathered by the American Folklife
History Project and will be aired on and around May 31 on some
90 Public Radio International (PRI) affiliate stations around
History Project Collects Veterans' Wartime Stories at National
4/29/2004 -- During the Reunion, the Veterans History Project
will gather veterans' stories on the National Mall. Written memoirs,
and other documents will be accepted in addition to on-the-spot
interviews, conducted by a corps of roving volunteer interviewers.
History Project Participates in National WWII Reunion
The Veterans History Project (VHP) will participate
in the National World War II Reunion to be held on the National
from May 27-May 30, 2004. Information
about the activities and plans within the VHP Pavilion is
National Foundation for Women
Legistlators joins VHP
2/23/2004 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
is joining forces with the National Foundation
the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the American Folklife
Center at the Library of Congress to record interviews
with veterans for presentation to the Library of Congress’ Veterans
2004 Partner Meeting
Online Stories Illustrate Lessons of War
2/16/2004 -- On February 16 the Veterans History Project
releases the latest stories added to its online exhibit, Experiencing
War. The 18 fully digitized collections added for this release
of the site focus on three themes: "mission," "hurry up and wait,"
and "life altering experiences."
Veterans' Stories Featured on Experiencing
War Web Site
11/11/03 -- On Veterans Day the Veterans History Project
at the Library of Congress will release 23 more veterans' stories
featuring their fully digitized interviews, memoirs, letters,
photographs, artwork, and more. The stories illustrate the
themes of Buddies, Family Ties, and Sweethearts.
Veterans History Project Announces New Initiatives
on 50th Anniversary of Veterans Day
11/11/03 -- The Veterans History Project is
featuring three new initiatives for Veterans Day of 2003: a public
radio special featuring veterans' stories, a new online
exhibit featuring fully digitized collections, and new Field and Memoir
Kits for potential participants.
Veterans' Stories Featured in Coming
Home Radio Special from PRI
10/16/03 -- Veterans of World War I, World
War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War
speak about surviving the horrors of war and subsequent adjustments
than came about on returning home after their service. The
60-minute Public Radio International program is narrated
by former U.S. Senator Max Cleland and was made
possible by the generosity of the Disabled American Veterans
(DAV) Charitable Service Trust. The
program will air on PRI-affiliate radio stations beginning
in early November; a list
of stations/cities carrying the program is available
with the full press release. A transcription
of the program is also available.
Center News Highlights
Veterans History Project Collections
Winter 2003 -- This article from the Winter 2003 issue of Folklife
Center News (Vol. XXV, No. 1) illustrates the variety of
materials and experiences documented in the Veterans History
Project collections through the examples of several project participants.
Stories Go Online on Library of Congress Web Site
5/20/03 -- This Memorial Day, May 26, 21 fully digitized collections
of materials submitted by veterans and civilians will be available
for the first time on the Library of Congress Web site at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
The digitized materials are part of a larger effort by the Library
to make its collections accessible online so that more people
can take advantage of the rich materials at the Library. This
initial presentation of personal narratives will be followed
many more culled from the 7,000 submissions the Veterans History
Project has received to date. The poignant stories cover the
of "courage, patriotism, and community."
Veterans History Project Releases
National Registry of Service
11/11/02 -- On Veterans Day, November 11, 2002, the Library of
Congress's Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center
launched its National Registry of Service. This online resource
is a new component of the Project's recently redesigned Web site, http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
The National Registry of Service, http://www.loc.gov/vets/vets-registry.html,
honors all those military veterans and civilians whose oral history
interviews or other personal wartime accounts have been donated
to the Library of Congress, by providing each person's name, date
and place of birth, branch of service, war(s), unit and location
of service, interviewer or donor of material, and the donor's
institutional affiliation, if any. To date, more than 2,400 names
appear on the Registry.
Veterans' Stories Celebrated at D-Day
Anniversary Aboard U.S.S. Intrepid
06/06/02 -- Hundreds of New York area veterans joined in a national
call to action aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
in New York City to celebrate the Library of
Congress's Veterans History Project. The Library of Congress,
with the support of AARP, hosted this D-Day celebration to encourage
all Americans to get involved in this historic undertaking.
Veterans History Project Seeks Histories
of Women Veterans
03/04/02 -- The Veterans History Project, an initiative of the
Library of Congress's American Folklife Center, is issuing a special
call to women veterans, defense workers, wartime volunteers, entertainers,
and home front supporters to record their personal stories and
experiences for long-term preservation in the Library of Congress
and other trusted repositories.
Veterans History Project Seeks African-American
02/08/02 -- 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.
Veterans History Project Seeks World
War I Veterans' Histories
11/16/01 -- The Library of Congress and its American Folklife
Center are urgently seeking the assistance of Americans throughout
the nation to identify World War I veterans in their communities
who are willing to be interviewed about their wartime memories
Inaugural Meeting of the Five-Star
11/08/01 -- On November 8, 2001, Librarian of Congress Dr. James
H. Billington and Veterans History Project director Ellen McCulloch-Lovell
convened the first meeting of the Five-Star Council, a twenty-six
member advisory board to the Veterans History Project. Following
this meeting, members of the Council addressed the press and public
in the Members Room of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson
Building. Also present was Tess Canja, president of AARP, who
announced that her organization has pledged $3 million to support
the Veterans History Project over the next three years.
Librarian of Congress Inaugurates Council
to Lead Veterans History Project
10/30/01 -- Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will
announce 100 partners participating in the Veterans History
the founding sponsorship by AARP, the nation's leading organization
for people 50 and over, at the first meeting of the Five-Star
Council on Thursday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Members
of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10
First St. S.E.
Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Appointed to
Head Veterans' History Project
05/25/01 -- Ellen McCulloch-Lovell has been appointed director
of the Veterans' History Project, a project of the American Folklife
Center in the Library of Congress 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.
Congress Establishes Veterans' Oral
History Project in American Folklife Center at the Library of
11/09/00 -- On Veterans' Day, the American Folklife Center
at the Library of Congress will launch a program to collect and
preserve the personal experience stories and oral histories of
America's war veterans and make selections available to the public
over the Internet.