As we celebrate America’s independence on July 4th, let us not forget that freedom isn’t free. Join me in taking a moment to pay tribute to our servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to ensuring that America remains free.
Independence Day is the perfect holiday to record the story of the veteran in your family or community, or help compile the first person narrative of a deceased loved one who served, and donate it to the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress. This is an ideal way to show your patriotism, and will have a greater effect than any fireworks show or barbeque.
In addition to audio- or video-recorded interviews, VHP is actively seeking veterans’ original photographs, letters, diaries and other documents. Afterward, each veteran will have his or her own web page on the VHP website. Download a how-to field kit and get more details at www.loc.gov/vets.
While you’re at it, check out VHP’s new YouTube public service announcements (PSAs) and post these links wherever you share information.
30 sec. PSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeeQaFiEy-U
60 sec. PSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQbVL-vUIS0
30 sec. PSA (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dqHZmmesZg
60 sec. PSA (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AybltteHJek
Happy Independence Day!
This past spring, the Veterans History Project (VHP) has had the pleasure of hosting Kluge Fellow Simona Tobia of Reading University in the UK. Simona’s interest in the human experience of war fits beautifully with VHP’s mission and collections. Her research on interrogation during World War II is fascinating, and in order to share it […]
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June 14, 2015 marks the United States Army’s 240th birthday. Let that sink in. The U.S. Army has been around longer than light bulbs, steam locomotives, the U.S. Constitution and the Library of Congress. For nearly two and a half centuries, valiant soldiers have given selfless service to our nation, placing themselves in harm’s way […]
Note: The whole AFC staff was saddened by the death of Jean Ritchie earlier this month. We paid tribute to her immediately in a Facebook post, which you can see here, and the Chairman of our Board of Trustees, C. Kurt Dewhurst, made a moving statement about Jean at the Board’s June meeting. However, I […]
The American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the arrival of our new traveling exhibit, Treasures from the American Folklife Center Archive. The exhibit is a series of lightweight, colorful vinyl banners containing information about the American Folklife Center, the Library of Congress, and (as the title suggests) some of the treasures found in our […]