Post-Grant Reports


Linfield College Public History Project: World War II as Experience and Memory

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Cultural History | Military and Veterans Studies | Military History | Oral History | Public History | United States History | Women's History


World War II was one of the defining events of the twentieth century, and the number of people alive who experienced this momentous time is decreasing every day. The goal of this project was to extend “The Linfield College Public History Project: WWII as Experience and Memory” into the summer of 2019. Started in January of 2019, our summer team continued to identify, contact, and interview willing Linfield alumni who lived through this crucial conflict. This project provided valuable hands-on experience for our students and fostered stronger relationships with college alumni in the process. We added to our digital archive online, developed timestamp documents to aid researchers, and have shared our experiences with the college community. We hope to continue to train future student workers and build on our experiences from the summer of 2019. Student researchers have come away from this experience with stronger communication, presentation, research, and audio-visual technological skills, as well as a stronger understanding of this vital twentieth-century conflict.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2019, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Student collaborators were Melvin Van Hurck and Kiana Anderson.

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