In an effort to solicit as many veterans as possible to share their military story and volunteers to document it, a workshop has been scheduled in Lincoln County for veterans to learn how they can participate.
Jeff Corrigan will be leading the Oral History Workshop on the Missouri Veterans History Project. It will be held Sept. 10 at the Cuivre River Electric Community Room from 8:30-11:30 a.m. There is no charge and it is limited to 25 people. To register or any questions may be directed to Roger Kiesey at (636-528-7935) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those attending will learn how to interview veterans and preserve their important stories for future generations. Over 25 local veterans have had their stories documented by an initial corps of volunteers who interview, film and log information. With an expanded number of volunteers, more veterans can be served. DVDs are created with copies given to the veteran, one to be housed at Powell Memorial Library in Troy, one at the State Historical Society of Missouri and a fourth in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Missouri Veterans History Project is a not-for-profit corporation organized to interview and record the stories. First-hand recollections of their service provide a richer and more personal context to historical accounts. It was founded in 2011.
Local involvement in this project came out of the weekly Veterans Coffee Talk held each Thursday morning at LCCOA, the senior citizens nutrition center, located on Boone Street (next to Flynn Well Drilling). Kiesey invites all area veterans to come, enjoy the fellowship. They meet at 9 a.m.
“It (Coffee Talk) is a great opportunity each week for veterans,” said Kiesey. “As for the workshop, we are hoping those who are interested in assisting will make an effort to attend. We could use additional volunteers.”