SAM JOHNSON: Preserve YOUR Local Veteran Stories with Library of Congress
Veterans History Project Training Workshop on April 8th
PLANO, TX – In order to help local veterans and their families preserve stories of heroism, patriotism, and sacrifice, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) invites North Texas folks to attend a training workshop on the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) on Saturday, April 8th.
Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The VHP’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” Since its establishment, thousands of veterans have submitted their stories from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and Operations Iraq and Enduring Freedom.
Currently, only 15,106 of the 1,670,186 veterans in Texas have recorded their personal history.
“Now more than ever, our country needs to hear about the experiences of our veterans who have personally defended freedom,” said Johnson. “Reading a textbook is helpful, but it’s the real life stories that resonate with people and help folks to better understand the value of our democracy and the freedoms we often take for granted every day. As a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW, I speak from experience when I say how important it is to ensure these stories are not lost. If you are a veteran – or if you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who has served our Great Nation – I encourage you to attend this workshop. Your stories are important and deserve to be preserved and shared. To all our veterans: we thank you for your service and sacrifice. This project is just one way we can give back – to ensure your efforts are not forgotten.”
The special training session will be held in conjunction with the Library of Congress Veteran History Project and the University of Texas at Dallas Veterans Service Center. The office of Congressman Johnson will provide the training resources for individuals to preserve the personal accounts of our American war veterans for future generations.
Baylor University oral historian Jessica Roseberry will be on hand to lead the workshop, which will cover how to conduct interviews with veterans, how to gather original materials, and how to properly submit those interviews to the Library of Congress.
In order to accommodate training participants and ensure sufficient training materials, the office of Congressman Johnson asks that those interested in attending RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (469) 304-0382.
Saturday April 8, 2017