Friday, October 27, 2017
To commemorate 50 years since the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, the Kansas Humanities Council is launching a multidimensional, statewide oral history project in partnership with the Library of Congress. Through oral histories and memoir, KHC will collect the stories of Kansans as they share their experiences, both home and abroad.
At the end of the project, participating organizations will have the opportunity to submit their collected stories from veterans to the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project in Washington, DC.
Partner organizations selected for the Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War project will receive up to $1500 to
- Collect oral histories that reflect on the experiences of veterans, refugees, and/or those on the homefront during the Vietnam War
- Invite veterans to participate in a memoir writing workshop
- Host a community conversation about the Vietnam War
- Attend a Library of Congress oral history workshop and receive certification in best practices (Kansas location TBD)
- Have the opportunity to implement supporting programming, such as an exhibit, tour, or book series
- At the conclusion of the project, organizations will have the opportunity to submit the veterans’ oral histories and memoirs to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project archives.
More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here.
Questions? Contact Leslie Von Holten, KHC director of programs, 785/357-0359, leslie(at)kansashumanities.org.