Do you think that your military exploits would make a great story? Would you like to have the military history of a family member preserved forever? Do have old photographs or diaries of family members who were in the military? If so, the Library of Congress is interested in sharing your stories or collection with the world.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center collects and preserves the firsthand interviews and narratives of military veterans from World War I through the present.
The VHP also collects oral histories and memorabilia of military members who died in service from Gold Star Family members.
In addition to audio and video recorded interviews with veterans and family members, the VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps and other historical documents from veterans who served in the military from World War I through the present.
The VHP relies on individuals and organizations to contribute veterans’ stories to their collection.
The mission of the VHP is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of veterans so that future generations may hear directly from them and better understand the realities of war.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) provides an ideal opportunity for a Scout seeking an Eagle or Gold Award Project, students in the 10th grade and above may also participate for class projects.