Covering how to record Veteran stories with interviewing tips from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
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The site coordinator secures dates, times and places for interviews and coordinates Veterans and interview volunteers for the session. This is a time commitment of several hours a month. In the beginning a reasonable schedule is four interviews per month (two interviews on two different days). Over time, the number of interviews may increase depending on time, locations and people to assist.
The Veterans History Project is open to anyone. The Library of Congress website has a wealth of information on the national project and a large library of Veterans' stories.
The goals of the national project and the Missouri effort are the same. We want to preserve the oral histories of Veterans.
There are several ways you can help.
For more information or to volunteer in your community, please send your name, address, phone and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-522-4220
You will not be alone in this endeavor! There are people who are committed to helping you succeed. You need not be a Veteran to serve as a site coordinator. Organizational skills and a willingness to speak with Veterans and volunteers, along with a donation of your valuable time, are the only requirements.
Serving as an interviewer is an important commitment that generally requires several hours per interview session. An interviewer will need to spend time helping a Veteran fill out paperwork or discussing the Veteran’s service to get background information for the interview. These processes will help you formulate your questions for the actual interview.
The interview may take two to three hours. Any knowledge you have about the war, locations, names or history of the experience the veteran describes will help guide the veteran in telling the story.
Interviews are usually scheduled two at a time back to back in the morning or in the afternoon—more often during the week than on the weekend. The site coordinator will make sure the site is available and schedule based on the availability of the Veteran, the interview team. The average interview lasts approximately two hours. During the interview, if you have the help of a volunteer or the videographer, that person can fill out the audio and video recording log (required paperwork by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project).
Training workshops are available for those interested in becoming interviewers and are scheduled when there are enough interested people to make holding a session feasible. A site coordinator must be identified in an area before training can be scheduled. Workshops are typically three hours in length.
Alicia Dunn, Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman on the KC-10A Extender. U.S. Air Force: 2003-2007, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
SIGN UP! To volunteer to serve as a site coordinator, send your name, address, phone and e-mail to email@example.com or call 573-522-4220
SIGN UP! To volunteer to serve on an interview team, send your name, address, and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-522-4220
For information and details about the Veterans History Project, please visit the nationalVeterans History Project website.
Go behind the scenes at the taping of a veteran interview.
What is involved in serving as a site coordinator?
A site coordinator is necessary before a geographic area can be added to the project. The site coordinator is the "go to" person who helps coordinate all interviews in the area.
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