Veteran's History Project showcases Georgians who served in wars

Source: WGCL

A massive project is underway at the Atlanta History Museum. It's called the Veteran's History Project.

The center is collecting artifacts and oral history from Georgians who served in our nation's wars. Sue Verhoef manages the oral history initiatives.

"We have a number of oral history collections. I would say our most active one is the Veteran History Project," said Verhoef.

The center began collecting oral history from veterans in 1999. Verhoef also collects and preserves artifacts donated to the museum by veterans or their families.

Like a pillowcase sent from a WWII soldier to his mother. It reads:Mother please make my bed and dust my chair for soon dear mother i'll be there to tell you that the war is won and you'll be proud of me, your son.Right now there's a race against time to track down World War II and Korean War veterans whose generation is sadly dying off.

"If they don't tell their story, who will?"

The goal is to pass down the war stories and wisdom collected from these oral histories-- to future generations for centuries to come.

To view the artifacts and access the oral history you can visit the Keenan Research Center.

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