Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Veterans Oral History Interviews

2017 Reunion for 508 P.I.R.

508 PIRVeteran Reunions

The Making History Project will be attending another Veteran reunion, the 2017 Reunion of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment. The Making History Project is attending the reunion to support members of the “Greatest Generation” and provide encouragement to active duty paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne. This will be another occasion to visit with old friends, make new friends, and hopefully conduct a few more oral history interviews.

Fort Bragg

The 2017 Reunion for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment will take place this year on October 19, 2017, through October 21, 2017. The Reunion is being hosted in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the home of Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne. This year represents the 75th Anniversary of the activation of the 508 P.I.R.

Fury from the Sky

FuryActive duty soldiers of the 508 P.I.R. will participate once again this year with the past generations of paratroopers from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and other conflicts. As a special treat, the group will spend a day touring Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne Museum. For more information on the Reunion, to join the Family & Friends of the 508 P.I.R., or to purchase tickets for the Reunion, please visit the 2017 508 P.I.R. Reunion page.

Project Update

Project UpdateNew Website Content

As a project update, MHP remains busy adding new features to our website. Some of our most recent updates include a new “About” page where you can learn how the Making History Project got started and what we do.

Also recently added was the “Corporate/Non-Profit Documents” page where visitors can review our corporate formation papers, Board meeting minutes, resolutions, and the non-profit status from the IRS.

Likewise, “Links” was added to share relevant resources for history, oral history, and Veterans. Our link directory just started but will be updated regularly with additional resources. Feel free to suggest any new links you feel may be helpful.

Finally, our official “Mission Statement” has been posted online for all to see. The Mission Statement is our stated purpose and why we do what we do.

Tactical Plan

For the foreseeable future, our only goal is to dedicate as much time as possible to complete the editing of all our existing Veteran oral history interviews so we can share them on the website. Currently, our Veteran Oral History Interviews that are online are but a fraction of the Veterans we have interviewed. Once finished, we will be sending those interviews off to the Veterans as well as the archives for preservation purposes.

Stay tuned for further updates down the road…

Learn about War, Trauma, and Humanities

NEH Grant Supports new course “War, Trauma, and the Humanities”

As an update for my upcoming work on a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (Dialogues on the Experience of War), I wanted to share with you all the very cool poster promoting the new college course for this fall.

The course will be given at Governors State University, located in Chicago, and is overseen by Dr. Andrae Marak. The goal of “War, Trauma, and the Humanities” is to promote a greater understanding of the impact war and trauma has upon veterans. Students will learn about this important topic through literature, film, and group discussions with veterans. This interactive and multi-disciplinary course will conclude with a televised town hall discussion involving students, veterans, and members of the public.

My contribution to the course will be to lead a discussion on oral history interviews of veterans as evidence of trauma as well as to educate students on oral history interview techniques. Feel free to contact me (patrick@makehistoryproject.com) if you would like to learn more about this course, or if you would like to participate in future projects involving this topic.

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