OAKLAND, Calif. -- On October 19 and 21, The Storytellers Project will conduct two oral history day-long events designed to collect and preserve the personal recollections of U.S. wartime Veterans, as well as homefront civilians who worked in support of the armed forces, to honor their service and share their stories with current and future generations.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that World War II Veterans are dying at a rate of 1,056 a day – more than 385,000 a year. Of the approximately 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during WWII, estimates are that fewer than 4 million are alive today. As these individuals slip away, so does the opportunity to capture their unique stories.
The two Storytellers Project event days, taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday October 19 (WWII/Survivors of Pearl Harbor) and Wednesday October 21 (all other Veterans) at Oakland Veteran's Hall, 200 Grand Avenue at Harrison St., Oakland, CA, 94610, is designed by experienced oral historians trained in capturing and preserving America's wartime experiences. The events are hosted by the California Pearl Harbor Association and the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Oakland.
“Story of My Life, a modern-day online museum, helps me and other Veterans keep our memories and stories alive, so that no one forgets us,” says Mickey Ganitch, California Pearl Harbor Association State Treasurer.
By making Veterans' stories available online, it is possible to help the public learn what it was like to have served in America's military and wars. If you or a family member served in the military and would like to participate in an oral history interview, please contact us at (925) 684-4424 or firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
The Storytellers Project
c/o STORY OF MY LIFE
3478 Buskirk Ave Suite 1000
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
With your help, we can preserve stories that would otherwise be lost. Every story is important!
Story of My Life is currently working with Veterans across California, documenting their diverse experiences and life stories, then digitally preserving these stories on our ‘online museum’, accessible by ALL at any time. We are truly the modern-day museum of the 21st Century! Capturing these stories, before it’s too late, is important for community, history, and family - keeping history alive today, tomorrow and forever.
Story of My Life specializes in capturing life stories of groups and individuals. Housing over 250,000 stories, we are the world’s largest online collection of life stories. We serve as an online encyclopedia of preserved stories, much like an online museum, accessible by all at any time, optimizing the effects and impression digital life continues to make in the 21st Century.
We would truly be honored and eager to work with the military community affiliated with all of the California Veterans associations - capturing and preserving untold experiences and life stories, doing collective life story events.
Upcoming Veteran Storytellers Day Events can be found at: http://www.storytellersproject.com/
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Story of My Life captures life stories of groups and individuals. With over 250,000 stories, we are the world’s largest online collection of life stories- an online encyclopedia of preserved stories, much like an online museum, accessible at any time.