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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Veterans History Project

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South Central Minnesota Veterans History Project

Project Overview

On October 27, 2000, the U.S. Congress unanimously voted for legislation to create the Veterans History Project (VHP). Congress recognized the value of collecting wartime memories of U.S. veterans as a way of honoring their service as well as creating a way of engaging the American public in its own history.

In collaboration with the Veteran's History Project, the Southern Minnesota Historical Center is conducting an oral history project to document experiences of Americans during World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf Wars. Veterans of all branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine, are invited to participate. Civilians who served on the home front are also encouraged to conduct an oral history.

The SCMVHP is open to those who have some association, whether past or present to any of the following counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan. If you have no association with the counties listed you can still participate in the national Veterans History Project. Please visit the Veterans History Project website for details.

How to Participate

  • Be Interviewed by Project Coordinators or Project Volunteers
    Project members will be conducting and coordinating oral histories to your stories. Please contact an SCMVHP coordinator if you are interested in being interviewed.
  • Be Interviewed by a Friend or Family Member
    You can have a friend or family member interview you using the guidelines and questions set forth in the national Veterans History Project Kit. If you would like to be included in the SCMVHP you will also have to fill out additional forms.
  • Conduct Interviews
    • Anyone who is interested in interviewing a Veteran can!
    • The national Veterans History Project has published a Project Kit on their website that provides all of the necessary forms, guidelines, and questions for anyone to conduct an interview.
    • If you or your organization are interested in volunteering with the SCMVHP to document the stories of area Veterans please contact the SCMVHP Project Coordinators

What Happens to the Interviews?

All interviews should be under 90 minutes. Upon completion they will be transcribed and added to the Southern Minnesota Historical Center and the American Folklife Center.

Current Oral History Partipant List

Project Coordinators

  • Kellian Clink
    M.A. in Journalism, M.L.S
    Reference/Instruction Librarian
  • Daardi Sizemore
    M.A. in History, M.L.I.S
    Archives and Special Collections Librarian