soldier stories

As reported last week in the Chronicle, a new video project is under way at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. The oral history project will feature first-person narratives to document military and wartime experiences. Preview the site at USMA/West Point’s Center for Oral History. This is a great idea. Currently numerous libraries (see the LOC project) are trying to collect a generation of veterans’ stories before we lose those vets; this effort gets one step ahead by collecting from WWII forward in an ongoing manner while providing interesting data for researchers and the public (and a tool for learning at West Point).


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