Storyteller Productions and the Library of Congress are working together on the Veterans History Project to collect and preserve personal stories of wartime service.
The mission of the Veterans History Project is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The interviews and items donated (if you wish to donate photographs, memoirs, diaries, or letters) are housed in a preservation environment within the permanent collections of the Library of Congress. Your stories and collateral materials are available to you, scholars, students, and anyone else visiting the Library, following a six-month processing period. A website is created for each veteran who contributes an interview, memoir, or historical documents. The webpage includes service history and other information about each veteran, and as resources allow, the interviews and documents will be digitized and viewable online.
Storyteller Productions is donating video services free of charge to record interviews of veterans talking about their time in war and how their lives have been influenced by those events. Storyteller and the Library of Congress are now looking for veterans and other persons involved in the war efforts who wish to tell their stories. With an immediate priority on archiving the stories of WWII veterans, the project will include U.S. Veterans from all wars. Filming can be done simply and easily at the home of the interviewee, or another public location.
Storyteller Productions has been a member of the Long Beach community for almost 20 years. In 2006, Stephanie Taylor set to work putting together a team of people as passionate about video storytelling as she was, who were also adept at the latest technologies involved in the process. Still a small, close knit operation, Storyteller’s primary aim is to preserve histories – both personal and national. Stephanie and the team at Storyteller is interested in the research, archiving, and production of historical documentary material and is excited to be giving back to the veterans of our wars and their communities by participating in the Veterans History Project. Storyteller Productions is currently located in a storefront shop on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, a community they hope to be part of for many years.
Storyteller is intending to host an "open house" style information day in November, near Veterans History Day, to provide more information to the community and to begin planning for video appointments in 2009.
If you are interested in volunteering your time as an interviewer, or have a suggestion on public filming locations, please email us.
For more information on the national effort and to view the materials that have already been contributed to the archive, visit www.loc.gov/vets