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Witness to War: Preserving the Oral History of Combat Veterans

Friday, December 14, 2018

I was in Chicago the week of November 26 for the annual National Council for the Social Studies conference, and I found a few interesting resources that I wanted to share with you.  

First is a set of online-access oral histories called Witness to War: Preserving the Oral History of Combat Veterans.  Witness to War is a non-profit dedicated to preserving the oral histories of combat veterans through digital video interviews, and was originally funded through a personal foundation of founder Tom Beaty.  Their goal is to preserve combat stories through video, professionally edit them, and encourage educators to use them in the classroom.  Everything on their website is 100% free for teachers. 

Their educator area of the website has modules tied to different combat time periods (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan).  Each module has oral interviews with combat veterans, with a brief overview and a short "what it teaches" suggestion.  

I just thought this was a great way to get authentic interviews into the classroom, with eye-witness accounts of combat veterans.  


For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel (608) 266-2207