Veterans History Project Updates Collections Policy and Scope, Includes Gold Star Voices
By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission
Our friends at the Library of Congress have a special Congressional program called the Veterans History Project.
The mission of the Veterans History Project is to collect, preserve, and make accessible, the personal accounts of American veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
They do this by working with organizations and individuals to obtain the first person narratives, in the forms of original unedited audio/video recorded interviews, photographs, letters, diaries, journals, military documents, two-dimensional artwork, maps and unpublished memoirs from U.S. veterans who professionally supported war/conflict efforts.
This past year, the Veterans History Project has made special effort to collect and preserve the stories of World War I - and they have found remarkable success in the form of donated WWI diaries, journals, and letters home.
This effort was so successful, that they have further expanded their materials acceptance policy. In a partnership with our friends at Gold Star Families, the VHP will now also collect, preserve, and make available, the important stories of America’s Gold Star veteran family members.
Read the entire article on the Library of Congress web site.
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