Archive for Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Museum, library seek World War II histories

May 3, 2006


Oral histories are being collected from people in Douglas County who lived through World War II.

The Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., and the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., are collecting the histories through a project funded by the Kansas State Historical Society.

Copies of the histories on digital tapes and transcripts will be made available at the museum and the library. At the end of the project, all original recordings and release forms will be sent to the historical society's library and archives division. Copies also will go to the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

Interviews are sought with people who served in the war or worked on the home front, such as working for the American Red Cross or Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

For more information, call Helen Krische at the museum at 841-4109 or e-mail her at


Marion Lynn 7 years, 11 months ago

Although not from a Douglas County resident, I am in possession of the personal history of a WW II vet which was sold to me by the man's druggie grandson who didn't care for "the old man's s@@@" and whom was the executor of the estate.

Included in the collection is a galley proof of the privately published book that he wrote, a number of letters sent during the war, photographs (To which I will retain copyright), his medals, dog tags and other personal memorabilia.

I would like to see his experience preserved and would like to donate the collection to the museum.

If someone from the museum would contact me at:

I would be pleased to arrange the transfer of the material.




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