Veterans project seeking war photos, memorabilia

Posted: May. 17, 2014 3:13 pm Updated: May. 31, 2014 6:14 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The second installment of the "Veterans History Project" will be held May 28 at the Adams County Courthouse and the Illinois Veterans Home.

Although all interview spots for veterans to tell their stories of serving in the military are filled, organizers say the community can still get involved by sharing photos, letters and maps of their loved one's time in the service.

Linda Snyder, a court reporter based at the Adams County Courthouse and an event organizer, said people can bring up to 10 photos and up to 20 letters or maps and have them scanned in and contributed to the project. Photo scanning will be done on the second floor at the Adams County Courthouse from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m on May 28. Items will be scanned and immediately be given back to those who bring the items in.

The project is an effort by the Library of Congress to "collect, preserve and make accessible personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war."

Veterans who signed up to tell their stories will be matched with court reporters from the Eighth Judicial District, which includes Adams County. Their stories also will be videotaped.

Snyder said openings remain for veterans to share their stories on the project's last three dates -- July 30, Sept. 24 and Nov. 19.

For more information or to make arrangements for an interview, contact Snyder at 217-277-2123.