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Join VHP In-Person and Online to Recognize National PTSD Awareness Month

The following is a guest post by Andrew Huber, Liaison Specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP). While most people who serve in the military never see combat, the reality of military service is that it is a stressful, sometimes dangerous vocation. Whether it is from experiences in battle, as a prisoner of war or […]

Minute Men, from the Start: Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The following is a guest post by Owen Rogers, Liaison Specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP). Today, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project wishes a Happy 241st Birthday to the U.S. Army. First of the five armed service branches, Army traditions span the American War of Independence to the Afghan War, and accordingly, […]

African American Women’s Life Stories in the Center for Applied Linguistics Collection

Note: This is part of a series of blog posts about the 40th Anniversary Year of the American Folklife Center. Visit this link to see them all! The American Folklife Center was established in 1976. Two years later, in 1978, the folk music and song collections housed in the Music Division as the Archive of […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Leisure World

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 […]

Veteran Spotlight: Richard Overton

The following is a guest post by Christy Chason, liaison specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP). When our friends at the American Red Cross of Greater Texas told me they were sending us the interview of Richard Arvine Overton, who is thought to be the oldest living American war veteran, I got very excited, […]

World Storytelling Day: Stories of Strong Women

March 20 is World Storytelling Day.  Tying storytelling with the equinox in March is thought to have originated in Sweden as Alla berättares dag (all storytellers day) in 1991 or 1992. Other countries joined to celebrate storytelling on the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the […]

A Band Apart: The Veterans History Project Features Women at War

The following is a guest post by Owen Rogers, liaison specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP). Looking back on my childhood in rural Connecticut, I was fortunate to have grandparents who lived just a few houses away. One of my favorite pastimes was to move from room to room in their house, pointing out […]

Military Jobs that May Surprise You

The following is a guest post by Andrew Huber, liaison specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP). When you think of jobs in the military, what comes to mind? Infantry, pilot, tank crew and other combat roles are probably at the top of your list. Perhaps a few non-combat positions make your list as well, […]