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Veterans History Project: 15th Anniversary

In 2015 the Veterans History Project (VHP) commemorated its fifteenth anniversary by showcasing the work of volunteer interviewers and featured selected collections from the first five, ten, and fifteen years of the project.


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Detail showing the cover of the Veterans History Project Field Kit. Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
Marking 15 years of the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress, the highlighted collections here mark the occasion from two perspectives. The first set of interviews showcase a pivotal component of this important national effort: the volunteer interviewers. These individuals work to preserve history by saving the stories of the veterans in their families and communities; engaging through organizations such as the Veterans Administration, Disabled American Veterans and the Red Cross; or partnering with high schools, colleges, libraries and museums. Through their time, commitment and energy, VHP has amassed an archive of more than 100,000 veteran collections. The second set of interviews feature fifteen collections, grouped in five-year segments to feature collections donated to VHP from 2000-2015. While these only represent a handful of the over 96,000 collections donated during this period, these selections shine a light on the diversity of wartime experiences that VHP preserves.

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About the Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.