Jessica Souva, Florida Program Liaison for the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center”, will conduct a training program on March 24, 2012 at the Museum of Military Memorabilia located at the Naples Airport Commercial Terminal off Airport Road. The training will run from 9AM – Noon. Registration and continental breakfas begins at 8 am and the museum will be open until 4 PM.
The event is hosted by Dr. Lois A Bolin, Old Naples Historian and Florida Chair for Spirit of ’45 and the Musuem of Military Memorebelia. Sponsors of the event are Homer Helter, Mary Anderson-Goddard, Arthrex, Inc., Naples Hilton and WWII author, Kathy Macumber and VITAS Innovative Hospice, sponsor of the continental breakfast.
“Since we are losing our WWII Veterans at a rate of 1000/day and our Vietnam Vets are closing in on those numbers, it shows the commitment of our community sponsors and the Library of Congress to ensure the stories of our Veterans are remembered. No one group can do this alone. We need to live those values of our greatest generation and honor their memory by capturing as many as we can,” said Dr. Lois Bolin.
The end goal is to recruit history organizations, assisted living facilities, civic and veterans group to become inspired again by Peter Thomas and Dr. Franklin Johnson, who so moved the Collier County Communication and Customer Relations Department in 2005 that their collaboration resulted in a plan that captured 80 Veterans stories that can still be appreciated by visiting the Collier County website at ‘WWII Capture Living History’.
Dr. Bolin went on to say that each person who attends the training on March 24th will be asked to commit to training at least 10 people and capturing at least 5 oral histories by the end of 2012.
The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.
Reservations are required as seating is limited. Call Dr. Bolin at 239-594-2978 for reservations or email at email@example.com.