The Wisconsin Veterans Museum considers each story of its
Wisconsin-connected veterans to be important and is eager to see these
stories told and preserved through its Wisconsin Veterans Oral History
- Preserve the veteran’s story, in his or her own words, as a service of the veteran, family, and descendants.
- Accumulate historical materials for purposes of research, teaching, program, and exhibit
- Complement the museum’s manuscript, artifact, and library collections.
- Put a human, individual face to our understanding of war.
Wisconsin Veterans Oral History Collection began in June 1994 with an
interview of a single World War II D-Day veteran. About 200 interviews
were conducted by Dr. Mark Van Ells, the museum’s first archivist and
program creator. From 1999 to 2002, volunteer James McIntosh, M.D.,
conducted more than 230 interviews. In 2002, the program was expanded
to include packets for training [8.1.3] interviewers, workshops, and
individualized instruction designed to expand and educate the volunteer
force of museum oral history interviewers.
Adult volunteers, who are usually veterans themselves, are trained to conduct the interviews.
Additional Information: Contact the Oral History Archivist