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Veterans' Stories Sought by State Archives of North Carolina for Oral History Effort
RALEIGH, N.C. - Have a story to tell? The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is asking veterans to share their military experiences in times of war or peace through the North Carolina Military Oral History Program. This effort will capture the memories and experiences of servicemen and women from North Carolina and share their stories with scholars and the public.
Volunteers from around North Carolina began interviewing veterans of all wars living in or from North Carolina in 1996 for the Military Collection. Currently, the collection consists of more than 1,100 interviews and covers veterans from World War I to the Iraq War. The program will now come to the local level and work with partner agencies to serve veterans regionally in three locations across the state. Raleigh and Asheville will be the first sites. Training will be provided for interviewers. Dates and locations will be announced soon.
Active military combat service is not a requirement for a veteran to be interviewed. Service is valued for its historical context - not its physical engagement. If a veteran has served in the U.S. Armed Forces in any capacity and matches the listed criteria of the program, his or her story is important to the historical memory of North Carolina and its citizens.
The Military Collection is particularly interested in documenting the military service of Korean War veterans, Vietnam War veterans, minorities, women, prisoners of war, special operations personnel and those serving in noncombat positions in the Cold War era.
Interviews will be conducted with military veterans who were born and/or raised in North Carolina, who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for any military service, engagement or war. Interviews also will be done with veterans who have spent more than 25 years living in North Carolina, but initially served in the U.S. Armed Forces in another state.
Consideration for interviews will be given on a case-by-case basis to veterans who spent considerable time training at North Carolina military camps, forts and air bases, but who did not live in or serve from the state of North Carolina, or who are younger veterans having recently come to reside in the state.
The first regional location will be at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh. Veterans who match the listed service and residential requirements, and who live in Wake, Johnston, Chatham, Lee, Wilson, Nash, Franklin, Durham, Orange, Granville, Vance or Franklin counties, are encouraged to contact Peek.
Peek will work with interviewees with special needs or time constraints to find an interview option that meets the veterans' needs. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The North Carolina Military Veterans Oral History Program is part of the Office of Archives and History in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.
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