How are you planning to commemorate this Veterans Day?
There are many ways to show gratitude for the veterans in your life. Can you guess the one I would suggest?
Show appreciation to the veteran in your life by helping them collect and preserve their military memories so that they may be accessible through the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
We’ve made it easier than ever…
The Veterans History Project (VHP) is delighted to unveil our redesigned website in honor of Veterans Day 2022. The site has been updated with user-friendly search features to access the summary service records for over 114,000 veterans and counting. These records contain more than 9,000 hours of audio recordings, 7,000 hours of video and thousands of original photographs and pages of correspondence. Whether you are interested in watching a family member’s oral history or researching “Dear John letters”, the site is here to provide ample archival resources.
Screenshot of redesigned VHP website
But wait, there’s more…
With this relaunch, VHP’s website now includes:
- Easier access to curated content including Research Guides and StoryMaps.
- Step-by-step customized participation instructions, so whether you are a veteran wanting to share your story, a volunteer conducting an interview, a scout leading others through the process, a teacher or a Gold Star Family member—we’ve written guidance just for you.
- Links to sample interview questions that you can easily download and tailor to your veteran’s experiences.
- Improved search capabilities that feature military branch, service location, conflicts, interviews and more. The increased discoverability within the larger loc.gov provides results to more than 114,000 veteran collections.
- Fillable forms to make it convenient for both veterans and contributors to complete, electronically sign, print and submit along with their collections
- Registration links and announcements for upcoming programs and events (don’t miss Modern Warrior Live on Thursday – November 10th! Check out more here), access to press releases, event videos and a VHP timeline dating back over two decades.
In addition to the new, comprehensible design, we look forward to sharing our new curated collections display, “Serving: Our Voices,” featuring the first-person narratives of U.S. veterans who served from World War I through the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who have donated their materials to the Library of Congress. Serving as a replacement for the “Experiencing War” online exhibit, this new display can be found at www.loc.gov/programs/veterans-history-project/explore-the-collections/serving-our-voices/. The exhibit enables deeper public connection to veteran experiences, and easier ways to share those collections across platforms.
Screenshot of “Serving Our Voices” web exhibit.
Make history this Veterans Day by checking out the new website (loc.gov/vets) and preparing to create a lasting legacy of service within our nation’s Library so that future generations will come to learn from and possibly even be inspired by their stories of service.
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