Centralia SINA learns about Veterans History Project

April 12, 2019

By Tina Suarez

The Southern Illinois Networking Association met at the Centralia Recreation Complex on March 28. President Mike Chambers welcome everyone. Tom Schwartz led the group in prayer. All members were asked about anything going on in the community as well as their businesses.
Diana Donahoo introduced speaker Chris Cawthorn. Chris’s presentation was on the Illinois Veterans History Project.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has been a partner with the Library of Congress on the Veterans History Project since November, 2003 and officially launched the Illinois Veteran’s Project in November 2005. The Illinois Veteran’s History Project began with the collection of written information about Illinois veterans through the use of the Illinois Patriot Information Form.
In September 2007, the Secretary of State’s office entered the next phase of the project, collecting oral (audio) and video histories of Illinois veterans. These histories are now available through the Illinois Digital Archives at www.idaillinois.org. To participate in the Illinois Veterans History Project, record your history today by completing an Illinois Patriot Information Form at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard138.pdf.

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White established the project after the United States Congress passed a law in 2000 authorizing the Library of Congress to collect and preserve the histories of American veterans and civilians who served in wars from World War 1 to the present.
Nearly 6,000 digitized Illinois Patriot Forms can be accessed in the State Library’s Illinois Digital Archives.
The Illinois Court Reporters Association partners with the Illinois Veteran’s History Project to provide interview transcriptions.
Approximately 300 streamed interviews are available on the Illinois Veterans’s History Project YouTube channel. In addition, links to the individual interviews are contained within the State Library’s Illinois Digital Archives.
The State Library provides training for Illinois library employees to help them reach out to their area communities and conduct interviews with local veterans.
Please contact either Chris or Diana at Centralia Regional Library at 532-5222 for more information or to answer any of your questions.
The next SINA meeting is April 4 at 7 a.m. at the Centralia Recreation Complex. The program will be Tina Suarez speaking on Relay for Life.