We record the stories of our veterans.
Our museum has recorded over 500 veteran stories, working in conjunction with the Library of Congress to collect first-hand accounts of Americans who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces and in supporting civilian industry, as part of a nationwide Veterans History Project.
The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM) is the only Central Coast site in California certified by the Library of Congress for recording interviews for the Veterans History Project.
“The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” – The Library of Congress
YOU CAN BE PART OF THE PROJECT.
SHARE YOUR STORY, OR ASK A VETERAN YOU KNOW TO SHARE HIS OR HER STORY.
Call CCVMM to schedule your interview (805) 543-1763
To record your veteran story, begin by scheduling an appointment for the interview. You will then receive a preliminary questionnaire to complete prior to the scheduled interview, giving our interviewer a guide to reference for the interview. The veteran can come into the museum and record in our designated Veteran History Room or our interviewer will go to you. After completion, the veteran receives a free DVD of their interview. One copy goes to the Library of Congress, and one is held in museum files. We make DVD duplicates for a nominal charge.
The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM) collects accounts of ALL veterans. This is a free service we provide to every veteran, whether they served during peacetime or wartime. We believe all veterans stories matter and deserve to be recorded.
Those which will be added to The Library of Congress Veterans History Project will include accounts from the following conflicts:
- World War I, 1914-1918
- World War II, 1939-1945
- Cold War
- Korean War, 1950-1953
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
- Grenada, 1983
- Panama, 1989
- Operation Restore Hope, 1999-1993
- Persian Gulf War, 1991
- United Nations Operation in Somalia
- Haiti—History—American intervention, 1994-1995
- Operation Allied Force, 1999
- Peacekeeping forces—Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Operation Joint Guardian, 1999-
- War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
- Afghan War, 2001-
- Iraq War, 2003-2011
Go to The Library Of Congress Website to access other veteran recordings from The Veteran History Project.