Veterans Making History
Continuing its ramping up of veterans services on its two campuses, MCC is about to embark on an incredibly exciting venture in partnership with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Lowell Telecommunications (LTC), and the Library of Congress - the Veterans History Project (VHP)!
The VHP was created in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and is intended to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations can hear their stories directly and better understand the realities of war.
With the college's new partnership through its MCC Connects cable show at LTC, MCC will be hosting a pair of trainings in conjunction with Congresswoman Tsongas' office, bringing an instructor from the Library of Congress to our city campus to teach people how to create a submission for the VHP. MCC has offered staff and will be training many of its students, including folks affiliated with the college's two Veterans Resource Centers, to help facilitate the recordings and interviews over the coming months. The end-game is that eventually, dozens of records of Greater Lowell veterans will be submitted en masse for archiving in the Library of Congress.
Students and staff will be interviewing the veterans at LTC over the coming months. In addition to the interviews, the Library of Congress will be accepting collections such as memoirs, photographs, letters and diaries of veterans from World War I through the current conflicts.
Millie Rahn, an oral historian for the VHP will be in town on Tuesday, November 8th, to conduct two training sessions in the Federal Building Assembly Room, one at 9 a.m., the other at 6 p.m.
The 90-minute workshops which are free and open to the public, will cover topics such as finding veterans to interview, doing background research, sample questions, creating a transcript, interviewing techniques, and technical support.
For more information about the workships, contact Sheri Denk at 978-656-3159.
Please join us in supporting our veterans and helping to chronicle their stories in our country's history!