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ruly understanding the realities of war can be
inconceivable for most civilians. However,
through the efforts of the Veterans History
Project, American veterans are sharing personal
accounts of their experiences so that future generations can
better comprehend what it was like to serve in a war or
military conflict.
Middlesex students, faculty and staff have joined the national
volunteer project's ongoing mission to record first-hand
recollections of the diverse men and women who have served
our country.
Created in 2000 by the U.S. Congress, the Veterans History
Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of
Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the
individual remembrances of American war veterans from
World Wars I & II, the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf
wars, and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The project
also invites U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved
in supporting war efforts to share their experiences.
Stories are told through personal narratives audio and
video interviews, written memoirs; correspondence letters,
postcards, personal diaries; and visual materials
photographs, drawings and scrapbooks. Middlesex
collaborated with the office of U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas --
herself the daughter of a veteran -- to begin participation in
the program.
In the fall of 2011, the college hosted two training
workshops led by Millie Rahn, oral historian and trainer for
Middlesex Helps Local Veterans
Share Memories of Their Service
Middlesex students who participated in the Veterans History Project, and many of the veterans they interviewed, joined U.S.
Rep. Niki Tsongas (front row, center) and MCC Director of Multicultural & Veterans Affairs Maryanne Mungovan (front row,
second from left) during a March press conference announcing MCC's involvement in the national volunteer project.