VHP Hosts Interview Sessions for D.C. WWII Veterans – Dispatch August 19, 2015

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In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) and 15th anniversary of the Veterans History Project, the “Do Your Part: Washington, D.C.” initiative offers a unique opportunity for World War II veterans and volunteer interviewers in the Washington, D.C. area.

Throughout August and September 2015, Library of Congress staff will facilitate interview sessions, using Library recording equipment, for volunteer interviewers and the WWII veteran in their life. “We’re asking people to reach out to the WWII veterans they know, maybe a family member, someone in their community, someone that lives down the street from them, and get their story,” said VHP Director Bob Patrick.

Interview sessions are available by appointment: email vohp@loc.gov or call (202) 707-4916. The lives of veterans who have already passed can also be memorialized in the project through the donation of collections of 10 or more original letters, photographs and/or official military documents. Diaries and memoirs, 20 pages or longer, can also be donated. By appointment, Library of Congress leadership will receive these donations in person, or they can be dropped off weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For both current and prospective volunteer interviewers, VHP oral history workshops will be held at the Library of Congress in late September. These training opportunities are free and open to the public:

• Friday Sept. 25, noon, Whittall Pavilion
• Friday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., Whittall Pavilion
• Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m., Whittall Pavilion

The Mission of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center 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. Learn more at www.loc.gov/vets. Share your exciting VHP initiatives, programs, events, and news stories with VHP to be considered for a future RSS. Email vohp@loc.gov and place “My VHP RSS Story” in the subject line.