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Veterans History Project

Meramec's contribution to the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

Veterans History Project Background

(Taken in part from the Veterans History Project website (

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Meramec's Project

In the fall of 2009, under the guidance of Service Learning Coordinator Donna Halsband, students from the Meramec Campus began to contribute to the Veterans History Project. The initial 61 interviews will be sent to the Library of Congress. Copies will be put into the Meramec Library Archives. All interviews with signed student release forms are having text transcripts created and are being made available here for original research. This is a continuing project and oral histories will be added as they are completed.

The Project collects first-hand accounts of
U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

  • World War I (1914-1920)
  • World War II (1939-1946)
  • Korean War (1950-1955)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
  • Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)

In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

How did the Veterans History Project start?

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.


All required permissions and releases are held at the Community Relations department, Meramec campus.

For more information, please call Ashley Bain, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, at 314-984-7528 or e-mail  

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