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

Annual Board Meeting

Annual Board MeetingWe held our annual board meeting this month. Prominent in our discussion was the project work for the past year related to the National Endowment for the Humanities grant on War and Trauma at Governor’s State University. Below, you will find one of the public outcomes of the grant, a televised town hall meeting between students and veterans on the topic of combat trauma.

Another milestone this year was attendance at the 82nd Airborne reunion in Fort Bragg for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment. For the first time, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama veterans mingled with our current paratroopers and shared their experiences. Three additional oral history interviews of veterans were obtained at the reunion as well as the making of some new friends.

Finally, future goals for the upcoming year were set. First and foremost was the need to obtain more help, specifically from students and volunteers to assist with the editing of interviews. Additional opportunities exist for student interns to help with marketing, social media, and website updates. Other ideas were proposed for some formal fundraising initiatives, all of which are needed for the long-term growth of the project. Those interested in helping are encouraged to contact us.

 

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About Author

Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or patrick@makehistoryproject.com.

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