Missouri vets history project seeks participants to share their stories

The Missouri Veterans History Project is on pace to capture the histories of 430 former service members by Memorial Day, but more participants and volunteers are sought.

Veterans’ stories are videotaped and archived by the Library of Congress and the State Historical Society of Missouri. More volunteers are needed to interview and videotape veterans in the St. Louis area and across the state.

The project is spearheaded by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, who formed the nonprofit organization in 2011 after dollars were cut from a state-funded veterans recording initiative. She serves as chair of the all-volunteer project. The project partners with the Library of Congress, the State Historical Society of Missouri and the University of Missouri.

The project is open to every Missouri veteran of any age who served at any time and in any capacity. Each veteran receives a DVD copy of his or her interview.

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Veterans and volunteers interested in participating can call 573-522-4220 or e-mail [email protected]. The project’s website is www.MVHP.net. Donations to defer the cost of travel, supplies, equipment, interviews and other expenses are welcomed. Contributions payable to the “Missouri Veterans History Project” can be mailed to: Missouri Veterans History Project, 1400 Forum Blvd., Ste. 1C, Box 461, Columbia, Mo. 65203.