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Veterans Oral History Project Workshop at SAR Genealogical Research Library


As part of the 3rd Saturday programming series, on Saturday, August 17, 2013 Ron Burkhart SgtMaj  USMC Ret. of the Indiana Society SAR led a workshop on the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project.  According to the Library of Congress (LOC), “The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center 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.” 


One of the ways the Library of Congress does this is by collecting oral histories of veterans.  The public is encouraged to submit these stories for preservation.  Burkhart is very experienced in this area, having collected over 100 veteran oral histories.  He shared his experiences with the audience as well as described the proper procedures to use so that these oral histories can be preserved in the Library of Congress.  Burkhart provided attendees with sample forms from the LOC as well as examples of forms that he has developed to make the process easier. 


Information on this event was also featured on the local Louisville arts and cultural radio show Fleur de Arts on the internet station ART FM.   This is one of the many ways the library is striving to promote its diverse program offerings to the larger community.


For more information on the Veteran’s History Project and how you can become involved, please visit