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Library, Dole Institute collecting WWII memories

January 23, 2006

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World War II tributes and historical collections are being made in Lawrence.

During the past few years the Lawrence Public Library has been interviewing World War II veterans and people who lived through that period for its oral history collection.

So far, 42 people have been interviewed, and there are several more on a list to be interviewed, said Patti Johnston, the library's outreach coordinator. Audio and video recordings are made of the interviews.

The Dole Institute of Politics on the Kansas University campus has been collecting photographs of World War II veterans.

Nearly 1,000 photographs of veterans, most in uniform, have been posted on walls in the Dole Instituteas a tribute to their service. Another 2,000 photographs are available for viewing at a kiosk. Photographs are still being accepted and plenty are still being received, said Linda Kay Pritchard, administrative officer at the institute.

"We still get one or two a day," she said.

Last year the Kansas Legislature set aside money to collect World War II history stories. The library, through Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., received a $25,000 grant from the state for its oral history project. That money is being used to buy tape for additional interviews, transcribing the interviews to be put on paper and for travel.

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