The Veterans History Project oral history collection contains video and audio interviews of veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Global War on Terror, and civilians who supported them.
The interviews preserved at the Kenan Research Center are created in partnership with the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. The Atlanta History Center is a founding partner and has collected over 800 interviews of veterans in Metropolitan Atlanta with the invaluable assistance of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association and the Atlanta Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Veteran stories allow future generations to hear directly from those who lived through our nation’s conflicts to better appreciate the realities and the sacrifices of war.
Remembering Pearl Harbor.
On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Within two hours, 2,403 Americans lost their lives and 1,178 more were wounded in one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil. In response, the following day President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on the Empire of Japan, a member of the Axis powers. Two days later, with declarations against Germany and Italy, the U.S. formally entered World War II. Pearl Harbor will forever be remembered as a turning point in our nation’s history and a defining event in our collective memory.
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed in German-occupied France in the largest amphibious invasion in history. D-Day was only the beginning of the larger Normandy Campaign, which lasted through the end of August and included more than 2 million soldiers. Their efforts during those three months assured Allied victory over Nazi Germany in Europe in May 1945.
Honoring our veterans.
The Atlanta History Center honors the sacrifices of those who have served the United States armed forces. For more information about the Veterans History Project or to participate, please contact us at 404.814.4042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlanta History Center’s annual Veterans Day program honors the sacrifice of the women and men who served in the United States armed forces.
More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War
Between 1964 and 1975, nearly 3,500,000 men and women served in the United States armed forces in Southeast Asia. Each of them has a story to tell. Each story is unique.
United States Colored Troops Collection Highlight
Atlanta History Center is home to one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of Civil War memorabilia including a growing number of rare objects identified specifically with African American USCT soldiers and regiments such as a canteen, swords, a rifle, brass drum, knapsack, Bible, badges, a Medal of Honor, and a USCT flag.
United States Colored Troops
The USCT was comprised of 135 regiments of infantry soldiers. In addition to infantry, the USCT had 13 heavy artillery, six cavalry, and a light artillery regiment. The people of color who were not allowed to enlist, such as women, helped the war effort by being cooks, spies, nurses, and scouts.
Women in the War Effort
During WWI, women of all classes, nationalities, and races joined service and military organizations prepared for the battlefront, hospital, and relief effort.
Fighting on the Home Front: Black Veterans Help Us Tell A More Complete American Story
Black soldiers have served this country since the Revolutionary War and their stories are vital in creating a more complete, more accurate picture of America’s past.
Preserving Stories of Sacrifice through the Veterans History Project
We collect, preserve, and share veterans’ accounts so future generations can hear directly and better appreciate the realities of war and the sacrifices made.
Within steps of the Atlanta History Center Museum, reflect on the men and women who have served—and continue to serve—the United States of America.