For Immediate Release: January 12, 2011
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – Glenville State College Major Gifts Officer Dr. Bob Henry Baber has been named Project Director for the West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project. The program was created by the GSC Robert F. Kidd Library staff to establish an oral history collection and preserve and protect the recollections, memories, and stories of West Virginia men and women who have served in the U.S. military.
“This program is a gift to me. I am honored to help guide this project and keep the stories of our service men and women alive for years to come. All veterans are encouraged to submit their stories about their time in the military. Memorabilia, letters, articles, and photographs are also needed to be digitally saved and help make this project a bigger success,” said Baber. The stories and memorabilia of deceased family members may also be contributed.
GSC Library Associate Jason Gum, who oversees the GSC archives, is assisting Baber with the project. “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 Gum.
This project has been made possible through funding provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Baber hopes to combine all information received into books, documentaries, presentations, and much more. He says this will be a celebration of veterans of all ages and genders.