Veterans history Project (library of congress)
Wanted to thank you so very much for allowing me to be a part of your history project. I appreciate what you are doing for our students and for our veterans in the area.
-2014 veteran participant
The Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress encourages local high schools to initiate their own programs and provide these documented histories to the Library of Congress. To help facilitate this process, the program has provided forms to aid in implementing an oral history program (how-to guide). These include:
To host your own veterans history project at your high school, here are some recommended steps:
The experiences he relayed allowed me to see war from a different viewpoint than what typical history textbooks can offer. I appreciate the personal interaction I was able to have with a veteran and I am grateful for his service to our country!
For teachers wishing to begin their own oral history projects with their classes, the following resources are helpful:
Other high school oral history programs:
To help make the project successful, here is a top 8 list of key ingredients:
Veteran organizations and how to locate local chapters
Use these sites to help research and identify where veteran organization chapters may be close to you.
- American Legion
- Disabled American Veterans
- Marine Corps League
- Military Officers of America Association (MOAA)
- Military Order of the Purple Heart
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
- Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)