This year, Prairie Trails Public Library is honoring local veterans with an ongoing, virtual program throughout the month of November. If you know a veteran--or are a veteran yourself--that would be interested in sharing their military experience, please consider participating in our Veterans' History Project.
The Veterans' History Project is an nationwide initiative of the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress that was created in 2000. Participating veterans submit audio and video recordings of interviews with their first-hand accounts, and those recordings are kept within the American Folk Life Center archives, where an archival record will be established in the veteran's name. More details about participating in the project are available on the Library of Congress website.
Even if you don't want to submit your interview to the American Folk Life Center, Burbank and Nottingham Park veterans can still participate in our library's virtual Veterans' History Project program. All you need to do is:
- If you'd like, submit any accompanying photos or documentation.
- Please make sure your submission contains your name and contact information.
- Send us your submission before October 31, 2020.
If you would like your recording to be submitted to the American Folk Life Center's archive, please let us know in your email -- we will submit the interview on your behalf. Please also include the following documents in your submission:
- A completed biographical data form
- A completed interviewer's release form
- A completed veteran's release form
All interviews will be uploaded to the Prairie Trails Public Library website and will be accessible throughout the month of November. Each week, we will feature different interviews in a Veteran's Spotlight.
Please contact us if you have any questions.