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Carroll County in World War II

Library of Congress Veterans History Project

Voices Across Time

Living in the Shadow of War Traveling Trunks

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The Center for Public History has been collecting, preserving, and sharing veterans history since the spring of 1999. Our collection includes oral histories gathered in partnership with the Library of Congress, grant funded projects covering specific veterans' topics, and artifacts, documents and photographs donated by our veterans themselves. For more information on any of these projects, click on the links to the left.

Carroll County in World War II
A University of Georgia Gerontology Seed Grant, this project was conducted in partnership with the Carroll County Historical Society, the Carroll County Senior Center, the Bowdon Senior Center, and the Tallapoosa Senior Center. Graduate student Joe Meeler conducted interviews with Carroll County senior citizens to document their experiences in World War II. Interviewees included white and African-American soldiers and defense plant workers as well as a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps and an airman who fought in the China-Burma-India Theatre of Operations. (At left, a Japanese submarine in Bremen, Georgia)

 

Library of Congress Veterans History Project
The Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia is a partner with the Veterans History Project, an initiative created by Congress in 2000 and managed by the Library of Congress. Volunteers from across the United States, including veterans and military organizations, libraries, archives, museums, oral history programs, universities and civic organizations collect and preserve stories of wartime service in the military and civilian life. The Center for Public History has been actively interviewing and documenting the wartime experiences of West Georgia residents since 2004. (At left, Lt. William Mitchell and his B-17 crew)

 

Voices Across Time
In 2004, the Center for Public History created the “Voices Across Time” exhibit which displays the work of nine youths who completed community service by interviewing veterans of World War II and Vietnam and has been displayed throughout the West Georgia region. This collection includes photographs, biographies, and original interviews stored on cassette tapes in the Center for Public History's Oral History Cassette Collection. (At left, Sergeant Hugh Young as a POW in Germany, World War II)

 

 

 

Living in the Shadow of War Traveling Trunks
In February 2007, the Center for Public History received a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council to expand our traveling trunk project. The project, entitled “Living in the Shadow of War,” incorporates activities for 5th through 8th grade students and includes a World War II traveling trunk and a Cold War traveling trunk. These trunks contain documents, photographs, maps, artifacts, and audio-visual resources as well as suggested classroom activities and fully developed lesson plans designed to help students understand these time periods and how they have shaped American history and culture. Either or both of these trunks can be borrowed from the Center on a first-come, first-serve basis for a period of seven working days. Contact Dr. Joe Anderson at 678-839-6043 or email jlanders@westga.edu for availability. (At left, a soldier writing a letter in Vietnam; photo courtesy of Vietnam veteran Tommy Underwood)