VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT
In the year 2000,
Congress Created the Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center
of the Library of Congress, to collect, preserve and make accessible to the
public the personal accounts of American War Veterans.
This includes not only
those fought the battles but also those who worked behind the scenes to support
An army of interviewers has been created nationwide to gather the
The interviewers will come to your home to do this and they will
record them. Interviews should last at least 3o minutes to an hour and a half.
The interviewer will ask a series of set questions and the veteran will
elaborate on them.
These videos are not edited. They are sent to the Library of
Congress to be edited there, along with photos and maps that you may wish to
You will receive a complimentary video copy of the interview shortly
It will take from 6-8 months for your video to be on the Library
website, because there are dozens of them coming fin rom all over the country,
and they need to be edited by the Library team.
They may contact you if they
have a question that needs clarification.
You will receive a card from them
when your video arrives there, and they will notify you when it is actually up
on the website.
This is a great opportunity for you to tell your story while you are still here
to do so.
Arnold Van Ek from the Red Cross is doing these interviews in the
If you wish to be interviewed please contact him at 713-880-1701
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
see some that he has already done, visit www.loc.gov/vets.
In the search box at the top, type in van ek (lower case).
A list of 3 items
will come up. Click on the middle listing and you will find a multitude of