Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP) marked a milestone this week when the organization submitted its 1,000th interview to the Library of Congress.
The 1000th interviewee was Katy Kilroy, who serves with the Missouri Army National Guard, 220 Engineer Company and served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Interestingly, Kilroy’s grandfather, Joseph Frank Mica II, became the 1001st interview recorded. Mica served in the Navy as machinist 2nd class in World War II stationed in Europe and the South Pacific from 1943-46.
“At MVHP we are preserving history one story at a time,” said Audrey Mack, MVHP executive director. “It was an honor to record and share Katy’s story. Hearing about the family history of service from grandfather to granddaughter brought a unique opportunity to our mission.”
MVHP Board Member Jeff Corrigan, State Historical Society of Missouri oral historian, recently traveled to Tampa, Florida, to attend the Oral History Association Annual Meeting and personally presented the 1,000th interview to Monica Mohindra, program coordinator and communication, Veterans History Project, U.S. Library of Congress.
Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP) is a not-for-profit corporation organized to interview and record oral histories of veterans across the State of Missouri. MVHP provides a forum for veterans to tell their stories and share firsthand recollections providing richer and more personal context to historical accounts.
The recording is provided to the veteran free-of-charge and are archived and made available to scholars, students, Veterans and the public through a partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Library of Congress and other organizations.
Missouri Veterans History Project will host its first Legacy Jubilee today at Highlands Gold and Tennis Club. Kilroy will be attending the event.
For more information about MVHP or to make a donation, visit www.mvhp.net.
Release courtesy of Missouri Veterans History Project.