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The Veterans History Project, founded in 2000, is a collection of 300+ oral history interviews with veterans from military conflicts from the Civil War to present day in partnership with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


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Ongoing Research

The Veteran’s History Project is one of the program’s longest-running collections, organized after the Library of Congress approached SPOHP in 2000 to collect oral histories with World War II veterans for the nationwide Veteran’s History Project.

Research topics include a range of military conflicts, including oral histories veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, military operations in Central America, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and more.

The broad scope of the Veteran’s History Project collection is owed to the determined work of its volunteers, led by Coordinator Ann Smith ( asmith360@aol.com) and the entire team of dedicated community members who generously donate their time and energy.

We currently have 325 WWII interviews, with more every week.  We will be collecting some at The Atrium and have formed a meaningful partnership at Altrusa House. Altrusa House provides day care and has begun interviewing veterans. Nancy Hult and Ray Jones are willing to follow guidelines for SPOHP and for the Library Congress participation. We welcome their participation.

Matheson History Museum

The Matheson plans to have a major exhibit this fall regarding the closing of Lincoln High School mid-century 1900.  This was the only African American high school in Gainesville and in an attempt to integrate had an impact on the community.  In tandem with the exhibit, SPOHP and volunteer members for the Matheson will be gathering oral histories about this event.

Volunteers from a workshop presented by Ryan Morini, Deborah Hendrix and Ann Smith on June 3, were enthusiastic.  On July 8, a training session took place with those who expressed a desire to interview and on July 15, a training session was held for those wishing to learn transcription.  Considerable anticipation for this event is building.

Are You A Veteran?

If you or someone you know is interested in donating an oral history interview to the Veterans History Project, please call SPOHP at (352) 392-7168 or e-mail VHP Coordinator Ann Smith ( asmith360@aol.com) for more information.

Veterans Day Celebrations and Media Portal Launch, 2014

Veterans History Project Events and Research News

Telling Gainesville: A Film Screening

Nov 1st, 2017

Please join military veterans and their families for a special Veterans Day film screening of the play “Telling Gainesville.” Telling Gainesville is part of a nationwide initiative by the National… Read More

50th Anniversary of the Attack on the USS Liberty

May 22nd, 2017

On June 8th, 1967, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats launched a ferocious two-hour attack on and attempted to sink the USS Liberty as she sailed under a U.S. Flag in… Read More

Spring 2017 Internship Class Podcasts: Civic Engagement

May 10th, 2017

With the help of coordinators Raja Rahim and Ryan Thompson, the Spring 2017 interns produced podcasts about Civic Engagement at the University of Florida. University of Florida Digital Collections Archive… Read More

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Funding and Research Sponsorship

The Veterans History Project is supported entirely by volunteers in partnership with the Veterans History Project through the American Folklife Center with the Library of Congress. VHP works with groups in The Villages, Ocala, and Gainesville.

For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today.

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