Veterans History Project at St. Johns County Libraries
Documents Military-Service Experiences of Local Residents
St. Johns County, FL. – Veterans who have a story to tell and who would like to record it for future generations are encouraged to contact the St. Johns County Public Library System and participate in the Veterans History Project.
It is through personal narratives, correspondence, and visual materials that the Veterans History Project is able to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American veterans so future generations can better understand the realities of war. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The St. Johns County Public Library System partnered with Haven Hospice in 2012 to offer this oral history service to local veterans.
The project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from World War I (1914–1920), World War II (1939–1946), the Korean War (1950–1955), the Vietnam War (1961–1975), the Persian Gulf War (1990–1995), and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001–present), as well as those serving in the armed forces during the years between these conflicts.
After veterans are matched up with a volunteer interviewer for approximately an hour, they not only will obtain their own personal copy, but they can elect to send their recorded account to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. If desired, the veteran can request a copy be kept in the St. Johns County Library System, have it posted online for others to easily access, or both.
The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to interview, record, compile, and donate materials. Veterans, civilians, adults, young people, scholars, students, amateurs, and experts are all encouraged to participate. For more information, please contact the Bartram Trail Library at904.827.6960, the Main Library at 904.827.6900, or Haven Hospice at 904.810.2377.