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VHP Collections We Love: Marva Gray

This is the fourth in a series exploring favorite Veterans History Project collections, chosen by the staff of the American Folklife Center (AFC) and the Veterans History Project (VHP) to be included in our new online exhibit celebrating 20 years of VHP. Each post in the series will offer “love letters” written by AFC and […]

Celebrating 20 Years of VHP: Staff Favorites

Happy birthday, VHP! The Veterans History Project (VHP) officially turns 20 years old this year, and today we launch a new online exhibit as part of the festivities. Titled “Celebrating 20 Years of VHP: Staff Favorites,” the exhibit focuses on collections chosen by staff members of the Veterans History Project and American Folklife Center (AFC). […]

‘Yes, You Can’: The Rose Witherspoon Spence Story

The following is a guest post by Matt McCrady, a Digital Conversion Specialist for the Library of Congress. “It was a world of men,…We were trained and taught that our whole life was to make sure that these men were happy” Rose Witherspoon Spence was always a little “different.” That is the word she uses […]

Traditional Sports for Unity

The ancient concept of the Olympics was to create competitions that brought people together once every four years in a ritual in honor of the god Zeus. Wars were banned while the games were put on allowing people of different states to participate and travel to and from the games safely. People came from all […]

VHP’s Newest Online Feature: ‘First, Serve: Athletes in Uniform’

The following is a guest post by Matt McCrady, a Digital Conversion Specialist for the Library of Congress. Particularly during wartime, joining the military often means putting on hold important aspects of one’s life, such as college or marriage. Similarly, the unexpected draft notice can mean the end of a promising college athlete’s hope for […]

Collection Spotlight: “Be Loyal”: the Exemplary Service of Michel Marcos

The following is a guest post by Digital Conversion Specialist Matt McCrady. Born and raised in Lebanon, and immigrating to America in the late 1980s, Michel Marcos fought in two wars under the banners of two different countries. In his interview for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, his philosophy of service […]

“One Thing After Another”: The Remarkable Life of Venus Ramey

The following is a guest post by Matt McCrady, a Digital Conversion Specialist for the Library of Congress. In May 2018, the Veterans History Project (VHP) updated its collections policy. While civilian accounts are no longer within the scope of the Veterans History Project, previously accessioned civilian collections remain in the VHP collection.  One such […]

‘If I Could Only Get My Mind Back To Normal’: PTSD in the Aftermath of WWI

The following is a guest post by Matt McCrady, Digital Conversion Specialist. United States participation in World War I lasted a little over a year, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the cost would be deeply imprinted on the entire history of the 20th century and the lives of the individuals who fought in […]

Don’t Play in Mixed Company: Audio Correspondence from the United States’ Wars

The following is a guest blog post by Matt McCrady, Digital Conversion Specialist for the Library of Congress. The voice from seven decades ago comes through clear and distinct, with only the slight crackle of dust on the phonograph record to suggest the age of the recording. “Lloyd, this is Len. Remember? … Other day […]