Veterans History Project

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, in a proud partnership with the Library of Congress and its American Folklife Center, present the Veterans History Project.  The project will honor our nation¬ís war veterans and those who served in support of them.  Presented through a collection of audio, videotape, and oral histories, these accounts will preserve stories of service for future generations. 
In the wake of our nation¬ís recent tragedies, it is important now more than ever that Americans embrace all there is to learn from those who served.  The stories preserved in the collection will encompass experiences from World War I, World War II, and the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.  The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution encourages its local chapters to assists in compiling chronologies of wartime memories from both actual veterans and their descendents.  As time passes between the present day and past events, there grows an urgent need to collect the stories and experiences of war veterans.

On October 27, 2000, the U. S. Congress unanimously passed legislation creating the Veterans History Project, thus recognizing the urgency of collecting these documents and oral histories.  As the project gains momentum, the final goal will be to present the public with a searchable and inclusive set of material known as the Veterans History Project. 

The first priority of the Library of Congress is to gather wartime accounts of veterans and those who served supporting them.  The extent of research is very wide spread, embracing all veterans of war: men and women, those who served in war, and those who assisted the combat operations forces.  The Library of Congress will also be gathering information from all ranks in all the branches of service including the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  Also included will be the Merchant Marines, thus involving both citizens who supported the armed services and those involved in home-front activities.

The Veterans History Project emphasizes the importance of gathering information from veterans involved in a wide array of service, along with citizens lending support on the home front.  Attaining the information will involve direct participation by various groups, ranging from war veterans and military outlets to educational, historical, and civic organizations.  The Library of Congress and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution invite both veterans and non-veterans to assist in identifying, interviewing, and collecting documents from veterans and those who supported them. 

For further information on how to participate, please contact the following NSDAR members:

Marianne Hughes
NSDAR Co-Chairman of the Veteran History Project
Phone: 765-987-8568

Helen Evans
NSDAR Co-Chairman of the Veteran History Project
Phone: 859-254-1028

For further information on the project please visit the Library of Congress website:  Library of Congress



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