U.S. Senator Mike Enzi is encouraging people to collect the experiences and stories of Wyoming veterans by hosting an online training today as part of the Veterans History Project.
The Veterans History Project, created in 2000, is an effort led by the Library of Congress to collect and preserve the firsthand accounts and memories of all of America’s veterans. Interviews and historical documents become part of the permanent collections of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
“Our debt to our country’s veterans is never more clear to me than when I listen to firsthand accounts of their service,” Enzi said in a press release. “It’s important that we not only listen to our veterans’ stories, but preserve these memories to educate future generations and honor each veteran’s commitment to our nation. If you are a veteran or are interested in interviewing a veteran, my wife Diana and I encourage you to take part in the Veterans History Project.”
A participant may be a veteran, an interviewer, or person donating a veteran’s collection. For the full guidelines on materials the Library of Congress will and will not accept, click here. Students in the tenth grade and above may also participate and there are special resources for educators and students.
Enzi’s office and the Library of Congress will host a Veterans History Project virtual training workshop at 4 p.m. today, May 7. Participants will learn more about the program and receive training on how to conduct interviews with veterans and submit those interviews to the Library of Congress. For more information or to register for the free online training workshop, click here.