Because their stories are OUR stories ~ November 6 – 14, 2020
Join us in a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress with a series of panel discussions and musical performances. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Visit //loc.gov/vets for more information about VHP.
The 20th anniversary concert and lecture series will premiere on the VHP’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/vetshistoryproject .
Fri., Nov. 6.
The noted singer songwriter, and Gold Star sister performs songs she wrote honoring her brother Dennis Martin who was killed in Vietnam on July 10, 1970, and whose letters and photos she donated to VHP.
“In Love and War” Roxanne Seeman, 8pm
The Emmy-nominated composer co-wrote and arranged “In Love and War” to honor World War II veterans, including her father, whose collection she is donating. Pianist Elise Solberg and singer Hannah Goldblatt perform.
“Still Over There” Franklin Tootle, Operation Song, 8pm
Written by Jim Collins and Air Force and Navy veteran Franklin Tootle, “Still Over There” describes Tootles journey with PTSD as a result of his service in Iraq, and how his commitment to country, family and his fellow veterans drives him daily. Operation Song is a Tennessee based not-for-profit program that pairs veterans, active-duty military, and their families with professional songwriters to help them tell their stories; over 700 to date.
Conversation on Conversing: Veterans Discuss VHP Participation, 12pm
Veterans of various generations, conflicts and backgrounds discuss the process of submitting a collection of their unique military memories to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
“Old Glory” Kim Mitchell, Operation Song, 8pm
Written by Cindy Morgan and Kimberly Mitchell, “Old Glory” displays Kim’s dedication to Vietnam era veterans through her experience assisting with the Old Glory Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight, which takes these veterans on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. and returns them home as heroes to the AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Organizational Benefits to Collaborating with VHP, Panel Discussion, 12pm
A group of renowned liaisons who masterfully use the Veterans History Project discuss how they engage with their communities to ensure their local veteran and Gold Star family member’s contributions are not forgotten, but forever archived and made available for all.
“Precious Pearl” Kim Mitchell, Operation Song, 7pm
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.
Volunteering to Make History, Panel Discussion, 12pm
A compelling group of interviewers, from students to professionals, share their experiences, best practices and what VHP participation has meant to them.