Veterans History Project Visits OSU
Preserving the history of American war veterans
(STILLWATER, Okla. Feb. 28, 2017) – The OSU Library will host a training workshop for participating in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 16 in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library.
At the hands-on training, attendees will learn how to use oral history methodology to collect accounts of American war veterans and contribute them to the archive at the Library of Congress. Special focus for the event will be on recording the Native American experience.
This national initiative is an effort to learn more about the complexity and diversity of the history of the American military in order to bring perspective to our future.
“This workshop will encourage additional contribution of Oklahoman’s experiences to this large archive of primary source material, with a focus on targeting Native American experiences, a voice currently underrepresented with the VHP collection,” said Sarah Milligan, head of Oklahoma Oral History Research Program.
The Veterans History Project is an effort to preserve, collect and make accounts of American war veterans accessible so future generations can have a better understanding of the reality of war. The U.S. congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 and has since collected more than 60,000 pieces of memorabilia for the collection.
The workshop is sponsored by the OSU Library and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. It will be held in conjunction with local hosting of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces. Representatives of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will be in attendance to answer questions.