Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): Missing the Stories: Library of Congress Attorney Reflects on Deceased Loved Ones Who Served - Dispatch May 26, 2017

An attorney in the Library of Congress’ Office of General Counsel has published a guest blog post for “Folklife Today,” as a Memorial Day tribute to eight family members who served in the United States military, but are now deceased. The guest blogger, Hope O’Keeffe, shares a photo and memories of each veteran—ranging from her grandfather, who served in World War I, to her cousin, who served four tours in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq.

Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): Veterans History Project RSS Exceeds 20,000 Subscribers – Dispatch May 15, 2017

Start the work week with our thanks for more than 20,000 RSS subscribers. Although the VHP RSS is an excellent source for news, upcoming events, collection initiatives, and sharing veterans’ stories, we realize that there are few opportunities to “like,” comment, or interact with its content.

Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): Trench Coats and Capes: VHP Processing Technician Discovers Surprising Fashion Trends Among WWI Collections - Dispatch May 12, 2017

A Veterans History Project (VHP) staff member who processes veterans’ collections recently found something in common with two Army nurses who lived more than 100 years ago—they each had a love for all things fashion. The staff member, Candace Milburn, presented her findings last month in a Library of Congress Gallery Talk, and today wrote a guest blog post for “Folklife Today,” which highlights these veterans’ stories, and some of the fashion trends set during their era.

Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): Jewish American Veteran Featured in the “Story of the Century” – Dispatch May 9, 2017

Commemorating Jewish American Heritage Month, the Veterans History Project published a blog post centered on World War II veteran Burton Schuman. As head cartographer of the 100th Infantry, the U.S. Army’s “Century” Division, Schuman’s “story of The Century” follows his journey from art school through his firsthand discovery of the genocide directed towards fellow Jews.

Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): In Memoriam: Norman Hatch – Dispatch May 1, 2017

Last week, we learned with sadness that Marine Corps veteran and Academy Award recipient Norman Hatch had passed away.
In November of 1943, Norman T. Hatch risked his life to document the brutal battle on Tarawa Atoll. Wading ashore alongside fellow U.S. Marines, Hatch captured the deadly beachhead combat – and consequent casualties – through the lens of a 35mm camera. His work informed the short film, "With the Marines at Tarawa," which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short 1945.

OHA Spotlight: Listening to Hear by Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel

Our OHA Spotlight blogger is Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel is a soon-to-be graduate of DePaul University’s Theatre School with a BFA in Dramaturgy/Criticism and minors in History and Museum Studies. Within her studies, she has found great transferability in the art of telling and documenting stories. She has worked as an Oral Historian with the Chicago History […]

New newsletter schedule

With this Newsletter, Oral History Association members will be able to read more frequent issues of the previously thrice-yearly publication. At the direction of the OHA Council, the Newsletter will be published digitally and sent to members on Feb. 1, April 1, June 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 15. Members who request printed newsletters will […]

British Library project set to preserve nation’s sound heritage

The British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, is embarking on a project to create a national network of 10 sound preservation centers aimed at preserving nearly a half-million rare and unique recordings threatened by physical degradation or stored on formats that no longer can be played. Regional libraries, archives, museums and universities […]