For Immediate Release: September 28, 2011
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – The Glenville State College Robert F. Kidd Library employees are embarking on the West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project. The goal of this program is to establish an oral history collection that preserves and protects the recollections, memories, and stories of our local men and women who served in the U.S. military.
Other aspects of the project include the collection of and/or digitization of memorabilia, letters, articles, and photographs associated with West Virginia’s part in armed conflicts since World War II. This project has been made possible through funding provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“Veterans’ experiences are part of the American being. A West Virginian’s story of service complements a collective identity that West Virginians can share. The Legacy Project will engage students in realizing cross-generational traditions, values, and norms that characterize the era and the region. Students working with the project will be introduced to a vital segment of West Virginia history, interact with historians, and develop research skills,” said GSC Library Associate Jason Gum.
This project builds on the college’s World War II Heroes Project, which records and preserves the experiences of local veterans from that specific conflict. The project will focus on collecting, preserving, and broadcasting stories of central West Virginia war veterans who served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
For more information about the West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project, contact Gum at Jason.Gum@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6163.