The non-profit Indiana Hero and Veteran’s History Project’s mission is to collect and preserve the stories of US Armed Forces veterans living in state of Indiana.
While there are independent groups participating in the US Congressional Library’s Veteran History Project in the state of Indiana, it is the goal of this project to unify the effort and provide a central repository of data and interviews. We are appreciative civilians want to make sure that hoosier veterans’ stories are recorded and saved for future generations, and we are working on gathering a group of energetic and talented volunteers to help ensure that we make this happen.
The organization is led by all volunteers and a board of directors. Indiana Hero’s project volunteers as of 2017 had interviewed more than 30 veterans, and created softcover books for these men and women, all provided free of charge thanks to financial support from the Sonora Area Foundation and individual donors.
For ways to support the Indiana Hero’s Project and the Indiana Veteran’s History Project please visit Indiana Hero Project Support page.
On October 27, 2000 President Bill Clinton signed into law Public Law 106-380 establishing the Veterans’ History Project. This law charged the Library of Congress with the responsibility of collecting and preserving the wartime memories of our nation’s veterans and those civilians who supported the war efforts.
Coordinated by the Library of Congress (LOC) through its American Folklife Center, the Veterans History Project calls for Americans to play a personal role in preserving the nation’s history by collecting first-hand accounts of those who defended the United States during wartime. LOC is archiving audio- and video-recorded oral histories, along with documentary materials (photos, diaries, letters, etc.) from veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnamese, and Persian Gulf Wars as well as civilians who served in support of the veterans. As an official partner in this project, Library staff recruit veterans and volunteer interviewers, coordinate recording sessions, operate camera equipment, process the video recordings and documentary materials, and send duplicate copies of recordings and documentary materials to LOC for inclusion in their archives and national database. Selected recordings are available on LOC’s website.
Our Veterans History website features a database of locally recorded interviews, documentary materials, and video streamed versions of selected interviews. Appropriately, the original documentary materials for our Veteran’s Archives will be housed at the Indiana War Memorial Museum, located at Indiana War Memorial Museum, 55 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
For more information on the Veteran’s History Project from the Library of Congress please visit: Library of Congress – Veteran’s History Project