Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): Fort Ord – Were You There? – Dispatch March 9, 2017

On March 17th, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will curate a special display of Fort Ord, California collection materials. Free and open to the public, will be held from 11:30AM – 1:30PM in the Whitthall Pavilion on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson building.
The one day exhibit reflects the efforts of California State University Monterey Bay students and faculty, whose efforts have yielded more than 100 VHP collections, many of which include stories from homeless veterans recorded during the Monterey County Stand Down.   
Professor and documentary filmmaker Enid Baxter Ryce’s Planet Ord project collects materials from veterans who served at Fort Ord.  In addition to display and collection materials, she and the student produced two films that will be shown at the National Gallery of Art as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival at 2PM on Saturday, March 18.  In “A Land for War,” Ryce documents the lands and ruins of the historic Fort Ord and portrays the impact of the military base on the terrain and the people.
Beginning today on the VHP Facebook page, look for features on Fort Ord. Were you ever there?
The Mission of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center 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. Learn more at http://www.loc.gov/vets. Share your exciting VHP initiatives, programs, events and news stories with VHP to be considered for a future RSS. Email vohp@loc.gov and place “My VHP RSS Story” in the subject line.
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