The first DVDs of local veterans made through a special project were presented to Powell Memorial Library.
The 25 DVDs will be available for viewing at the library. Copies will also be made available to the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Library of Congress and to each participating veteran at no charge. The donation to Powell is believed to be the first donated to a public library in the state. These first-hand recollections of their service will provide a richer and more personal context for young people and the general public.
Jan Bettencourt presented a book on the veterans she is compiling in connection with the project. She will be updating it as more veterans participate.
This local effort is an activity arising out of the weekly Coffee Talk held each Thursday morning at Lincoln County Council on Aging, Boone Street, in Troy. It is also through the Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP), a not-for-profit corporation organized to interview and record the stories of veterans. Local volunteers have been participating in the project taking the videos and assisting with the submitted questions.
In addition to Kiesey and Bettencourt, local veterans and project volunteers taking part in the presentation included: Robert Flinn, James Duncan, Eugene Kautz, James Smith, Dr. Ed Newberry, Charles Peterson, Ernie Vombey, Fred Jost, Walter McClay, Tom Arthru, Mark Cross, Mike Woods, Dan Busekrus and Al McMichael.
“We hope to have over 300 veterans participate by telling their stories from their unique perspective,” said Roger Kiesey, coordinator. “We have started with the World War II and Korean War veterans but we hope to include those who served in Vietnam and all the subsequent wars.”
Kiesey said all veterans interested in being interviewed can still do so. If any veteran would be interested, they may call Kiesey.