In conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities’ nationwide initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War, Ohio Humanities and Ohio History Connection announce a new joint project to record and archive the stories of recent Ohio veterans. The project, Standing Together: Ohio Veterans and the War on Terror will collect 20-25 oral histories documenting the experiences of Ohioans who served during the Global War on Terror.
Ohio Humanities worked with the Ohio Army National Guard to identify and recruit veterans of the conflict for this statewide initiative. Working with Ohio History Connection’s Multimedia Services Department, oral historians will record and produce the oral histories. At least 10 interviews will be recorded in 1080 HD video as well. Digitization sessions will capture supplementary materials that can then be combined with the oral histories to create oral history databases that present a searchable, interactive experience for each interview. The oral histories are expected to be available before the end of this year on the Ohio Memory web site (www.ohiomemory.org). Each oral history will be indexed and searchable.
Standing Together draws on the power of the humanities to promote discussion and understanding of the experiences of those Americans affiliated with the armed services, and to support returning veterans and their families.