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Veterans History Project

April 8, 2011

By now, we’re all convinced of the power of well-told story and its importance and power  in archiving the human experience.  But getting an oral history can be much  more difficult than it at first seems.  The Smithsonian has been compiling first-hand accounts by veterans into the Veterans History Project.  They also offer tips for compiling those histories, including examples of questions.  Some of the background information to include, such as names and dates, seems obvious, but I’ve worked on projects to obtain oral histories, and it can be so easy to get caught up in the story that the essentials get overlooked!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2011 11:51 pm

    This is a great project and will tell new generations a story only the veterans can tell. Also, I think like how the website gives the interview tips and sample questions to contribute to this project. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brandy Royce permalink
    April 9, 2011 12:59 am

    I am glad that someone mentioned this project. This project is a great way for the history of our nation to be told in first person so that future generations can understand what happen to those involved. I actually worked on this project four years ago in a oral history during undergrad.

  3. April 9, 2011 2:18 am

    Creatign a “collection” of a oral hisotry is incredibly important in the sense of imparting the information to the listener/generations to come in the right manner. Oral histories are incredibly important tpo the fabric of our cultural history it’s wonderful to see this type of project being put into practice.

  4. April 9, 2011 9:41 am

    This is a great resource for hobby genealogists such as myself – thanks. Yad Vashem has been collecting oral histories of Holocaust survivors and people who hid Jews during WWII for many years. It is a difficult undertaking because the topic is so sensitive – just like in your Vets Project.

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