American Heartland Tour

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A Veteran Oral History Tour through the American Heartland

The Making History Project is going on the road this July for a tour through the American Heartland to conduct Veteran oral history interviews. Unprecedented times require an unprecedented effort. The 5,124-mile trip will cover 15 States, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.

The goal of the American Heartland Tour is to see many of the small towns that make America great and to conduct Veteran oral history interviews along the way. Since many Veterans live in rural areas and small towns, this is the perfect opportunity to go to them to preserve their stories.

We are seeking oral history interviews of all Veterans from all Eras (World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, and everything in between) as well as from all Branches of the Military. These interviews are part of the overall mission of the Making History Project to preserve Veteran stories and memories.

All interviews will be eventually archived with the Veterans History Project for the US Library of Congress as well as with the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Project. The beauty of this project is that the Veteran and his/her family are provided a full unedited copy of the video oral history interview on a DVD at the end of the interview as a treasured keepsake.

If you are a Veteran or know of a Veteran, Veteran Organization, or a local VFW Post, that might be interested in providing interviews, please be sure to reach out to coordinate an interview by either email ( or by telephone (305-608-2977).

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About 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 is a full-time mediator and 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

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