Sixteen juniors and seniors from Ithaca High School participated in a unique project funded through the Foundation. They interviewed Gratiot veterans about their war expereinces, and the interviews were sent to the National Archives to be kept as part of their Veterans History Project.
These Advanced Placement U.S. History students used a camcorder, purchased with the grant, to interview eight individuals each of whom were involved in one of four conflicts: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or the Persian Gulf. Students also recorded the story of Ingeborg A. Meyer, a WWII civilian living in Austria when her father was forcibly conscripted into the German Army.
The veterans' experiences were recorded so that "Future generations have a chance to hear directly from veterans and gain a better understanding of war," according to teacher Tim Lambrecht. The project resulted in some new relationships. One veteran was a neighbor of a sutdent, and that created a stronger relationship. Another student's uncle was interviewed deepening that relationship. A new set of veterans will be interviewed this year. For more information, visit the Library of Congress website at www.loc.gov/vets