It?s been a busy blogging day, as I have been alerted to the posting of a story at U.S. News & World Report on the Library of Congress?s Veterans History Project. I believe it will be the cover story for the print issue, coming out this weekend.
The story is pegged to the imminent Sept. 23 premiere of Ken Burns? ?The War? on PBS.
From the article:
?Burns says he was prompted to make another war film (his acclaimed Civil War was released in 1990) after reading that more than 1,000 WWII veterans die every day. As part of the film?s broadcast debut, Burns and local PBS stations are partnering with [VHP Director Bob] Patrick to solicit contributions to the Veterans History Project, some 60 percent of which deals with WWII. Burns has also partnered with the online networking site MySpace to collect video oral histories online. ?The act of taking these oral histories,? says James Billington, the librarian of Congress, ?is both an exercise in intergenerational bonding and collective history, with a result that?s not perishable.?
You can see a companion video segment here.
Also, keep an eye out for the VHP on ?NBC Nightly News? this Sunday evening.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the NBC story. (Scroll down to ?Historians push to save WWII tales.?)