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Gracias por su servicio!

Posted by: Lisa Taylor

The Veterans History Project (VHP) joins the nation in recognizing September 15 through October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. In so doing, VHP celebrates the heritage and culture of Hispanic- and Latino-American veterans, who number an estimated 1.4 million. A few years ago in an Experiencing War Web Feature, VHP highlighted the digitized collections …

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Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force

Posted by: Lisa Taylor

  Today marks the 67th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. As the nation’s strategic, tactical and defensive force for the skies, the U.S. Air Force was officially founded by the National Security Act of 1947. Although they belong to the youngest branch of the U.S. armed forces, advancements in both science and society allow …

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Civil Rights Act of 1964 Exhibit Now Open

Posted by: Kate Stewart

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom opened at the Library of Congress on September 10th. This exhibit draws from collections across the library to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the act. It covers America’s long history of discrimination and segregation, the grassroots movement for civil rights, and the efforts of …

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A Long-Term Endeavor: Digitizing Veterans History Project Collections

Posted by: Megan Harris

The following is a guest blog post by Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz, VHP Archivist.   One of the most common questions that the Veterans History Project (VHP) receives relating to our collections is “Why can’t I view my collection online yet?” While the answer to this question varies by individual collection, there are several cross-cutting issues that …

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Back-to-School: Veterans and the GI Bill

Posted by: Lisa Taylor

Every year around this time, young people get ready to head back to school. For college students, this means there are books to purchase, roommates to meet, outrageous debt to acquire and cafeteria food to hate. However, all the stress and uncertainty that comes with going back to school is nothing compared to what many …

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Ode to a (Canned) Peach

Posted by: Megan Harris

One of the standard questions that we suggest Veterans History Project interviewers ask veterans is, “How was the food?” This simple question can yield surprising answers, and uncover fascinating elements of the military experience. After seeing my blog post about holiday menus in the military, VHP director Bob Patrick mentioned a specific food memory to …