The Department of History at Angelo State University is hosting a History Harvest event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, for the new project, “War Stories: West Texans from World War I to the Present.”

The History Harvest will be held in ASU’s Porter Henderson Library, 2025 S. Johnson St., to collect and preserve the stories and experiences of armed forces personnel and their families with a West Texas connection, past or present. The project is supported by a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Individuals are asked to bring materials such as family photos, letters, journals, home movies and videos, and other documents for assessment. Items will be scanned on site, and originals will be returned to the owner, along with a digitized copy. The scanned images will be downloaded into a digital archive that will serve as a research resource for future generations and a memorial to those Americans who helped shape the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The digital archive, which will be housed in ASU’s Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection, will include the memorabilia, as well as oral and video interviews of military members, veterans and their families.

Dr. Christine Lamberson and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, directors of the project and faculty in the History Department, are beginning to collect materials from community members. Those interested in contributing to the project also can complete an online form at www.angelo.edu/war-stories-submission-form.

For more information on the War Stories project, call the Department of History at 325-942-2324 or email warstories@angelo.edu.

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