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Preserving Stories of Local Veterans

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Local veterans and civilians who served with the United States military are invited to record their stories free of charge with the Broward County Historical Archives at Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-8243. In this ongoing program, each veteran’s recorded interview becomes a permanent part of the national record held in the Library of Congress.

The Veterans History Project collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand remembrances of U.S. military veterans from World War I through the more recent conflicts. If you are a veteran or civilian who once served with the U.S. military, we want to hear about your experiences. View examples at the Veterans History Project's website.

Veterans who would like to tell their stories meet with a Special Collections librarian for a video interview, which the librarian tapes. A copy of the interview is given to the veteran and the librarian sends another copy to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center. Archivists at the Library of Congress will acknowledge the veteran’s donation and preserve it for future generations. The record will be cataloged and made available to researchers and the public.

For veterans who are camera shy, other ways to participate in the Veterans’ History Project are to share documents, journals, photographs, diaries, or maps; submit a written narrative of your military experiences; or submit an audio narration, all with the assistance of a librarian.

Family members can also create a collection at the Library of Congress with and for the veteran in their life in several formats, including audio, video, unpublished memoirs, journals or diaries, original photographs, letters or two- dimensional art.

Library staff will videotape oral history interviews at the Main Library by appointment. If interested in submitting your story, contact Erin Purdy to arrange an interview at 954-357-7363 or

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DATE: November 30, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division