EMU helps gather oral histories of area World War II veterans

Area teachers participating in three-day workshop at Yankee Air Museum

by Emily Vontom, Published August 09, 2011

Local World War II veterans are participating in an interview program to gather their oral histories and accounts from the war. Eastern Michigan University will be leading the program in conjunction with the Yankee Air Museum.

The program is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress received by Brigid Beaubien, an associate professor of teacher education at Eastern Michigan University. Beaubien hopes to capture those memories and stories before area World War II veterans die.

Twenty four teachers from various grad levels, school districts and private schools from around southeastern Michigan will gather at the Yankee Air Museum Monday , Aug. 8 through Wednesday, Aug. 10 in order to preserve the personal accounts of our veterans.

"We were fortunate enough to be able to connect with the Yankee Air Museum," said Beaubien. "Not only are the teachers benefiting from three days of training on the library's website but the museum will be able to have complete a dozen oral histories to have in the archives and at the Library of congress."

The teachers will participate in the three-day workshop to learn more about the library's website and to complete a dozen oral histories. The interviews with veterans will take place on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The histories will then be housed in the Library of Congress' archives as well as the Yankee Air Museum's collection.


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