Twenty Years of the Veterans History Project

On this Veterans Day, our team wants to share the work of the Library’s Veterans History Project (VHP), which celebrates its twentieth anniversary of collecting veterans’ stories this year. Through this Saturday, VHP will host a series of events on its Facebook page. You can see the full event schedule and learn more on the VHP blog, and two events that may be of special interest to families are listed below:

Fri., Nov. 13 at 7pm: “Precious Pearl” Kim Mitchell, Operation Song

Written by Cindy Morgan and Navy veteran Kimberly Mitchell, “Precious Pearl” tells Kim’s story who as a baby during Vietnam was found on the roadside, clinging to the body of her deceased mother.  A South Vietnamese Marine carried her to the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Da Nang, Vietnam where she was adopted by a U.S. Airman and brought back to Wisconsin from where she dedicated her life to service.

Sat., Nov. 14 at 12 pm: Volunteering to Make History, Panel Discussion

A compelling group of interviewers, from students to professionals, share their experiences, best practices and what VHP participation has meant to them.

You can find more resources for kids about conducting interviews for the Veterans History Project on the VHP website and suggestions for preserving family stories, including the stories of veterans, in this activity guide [PDF 263KB].