Veterans History Project
Our debt to our country’s veterans is never more clear to me than when I listen to firsthand accounts of their service. Our veterans’ sacrifices have shaped history, protecting the rights and freedoms we cherish as Americans. We should listen to their stories and preserve these memories to educate future generations and honor each veteran’s commitment to our nation. Thankfully, Congress established the Veterans History Project in 2000 to help achieve this goal.
This initiative, led by the Library of Congress, collects and preserves the recollections of America’s veterans from World War I to present. By recording interviews with veterans and curating their memoirs, photographs, letters and other historical documents, the Veterans History Project captures their important contributions and commemorates their valor. It is a meaningful way to share a veteran’s story. Several Wyoming veterans have already participated; to see some of their stories, click here.
I encourage folks in Wyoming to take part in this unique opportunity. If you have a loved one who served our nation, consider capturing their story and submitting it as part of this project. For more information on how you can participate in the Veterans History Project and step-by-step instructions, visit the Library of Congress's website at www.loc.gov/vets.
If you have questions or would like additional resources, please reach out to Rachel Vliem in my DC office at email@example.com.
Veterans History Project Day
September 7, 2019
Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne
My office is teaming up with the Library of Congress to host a Veterans History Project Day on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. We need your help in collecting the personal narratives of the veterans who call Wyoming home. Volunteer to be part of this historic endeavor today!
There will be a training workshop beginning at 10:00 a.m. for volunteers to learn more about the project and receive training on conducting interviews with our veterans and submitting those interviews to the Library of Congress. At 1:00 p.m., there will be reserved spaces to record veterans’ stories. We invite you to stick around for the formal donation ceremony with the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. Whether you volunteer to record stories, help spread the word or share your own story as a veteran, you would be part of a vital step to preserve our veterans’ histories. Let’s take this chance to honor the men and women who served.
Please RSVP by emailing Rachel_Vliem@enzi.senate.gov with your name, hometown and how you would like to participate. The agenda is below.
2019 Veterans History Project Day
Laramie County Community College, City Pathfinder Building
1400 E. College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007
September 7, 2019
(click here for driving directions and campus map)
9:30 AM Doors open
10:00 AM Training Workshop for Volunteers
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Record Veterans Stories
3:00 PM Formal Donation Ceremony with the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden
3:30 PM Closing Remarks and Program Closing