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Volunteer Spotlight: Leisure World

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The following is a guest post by Owen Rogers, liaison specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP).

Although housed at the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project is completely reliant on the voluntary participation of people around the country interviewing the veterans in their lives and communities. Since April is National Volunteer Month, this is perfect time to say thank you to all our volunteers, both individuals and organizations alike.

Contemporary photo of four people standing in front of Veterans History Project banners.  Three of them are holding up certificates.
(L-R): Leisure World Interviewers Lawrence Cohen, Dr. Naomi Platt and Joan Guberman join VHP Director Bob Patrick (2nd from left) for a collections donation ceremony at the Library of Congress, 2016.

One group of stellar volunteers is that of Lawrence Cohen, Joan Guberman and Dr. Naomi Platt from Leisure World of Silver Spring, MD. They recently hand-delivered 30 veterans’ oral histories that were recorded during VHP’s “Do Your Part, D.C.” campaign. In truth, Leisure World residents have done their part for nearly a decade, and their efforts yielded nearly 150 previous collections submissions.

As a grass roots oral history project, these neighbor-to-neighbor recordings reflect the meaningful connections forged through VHP, as well as the opportunities for communities to archive their historical contributions.

Access the previously submitted Leisure World collections here. Visit to find out how you can volunteer this month or any other.

Happy National Volunteer Month!

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