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Veterans Sought For Oral History, by CARL HARTMAN,Associated Press Writer
Veterans Sought For Oral History, by CARL HARTMAN, Associated Press
(EXCERPT) WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of veterans of American wars from
1917 to 1991 - World War I to the Gulf War (news - web sites) - will
get the chance to take part in an oral history project that will be
available to the public in mid-2002.
As of Sept. 30, there were nearly 19 million surviving war veterans,
according to a count, By the Veterans Affairs Department. About 1,500
die every day. But civilians who supported the war efforts are also
eligible to contribute.
Craig D'Ooge of the Library of Congress (news - web sites) said the
project expected to collect thousands of interviews, letters, diaries,
photos and other accounts.
``A national effort like this is also a public education process,''
said a statement from the library's American Folklife Center. The
project ``will encourage grandchildren to interview their
grandparents, classrooms to interview people in the community,
veterans to interview one another.''
Last year Congress approved legislation to carry out the project and
former President Clinton (news - web sites) signed it into law on
The library has recruited 100 partners, such as the Maine Folklife
Center and the Red Willow Institute of Omaha, Neb., whose members are
Indians from the Northern plains. Professional oral historians and
folklorists will be available for training the partners.
Participants in the collection effort are asked to cover such themes
as their first battle and their experiences, if any, as prisoners of
Separately, the folklife center is asking for oral accounts from
witnesses to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon (news - web sites).
On the Net: Veterans history project:
The American War Library