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

World War II was one of the defining events of the twentieth century, and the number of people alive who experienced this momentous time decreases every day. Whether on the home front or on the battlefield, the “greatest generation” confronted an intense and unique moment in world history. We are daily losing the living memories of these important historical actors.

For these reasons, the Linfield College History Department and the Linfield College Archives have launched the Linfield College Public History Project: World War II as Experience and Memory. This oral history project seeks to preserve the memories of the people affiliated with Linfield College and the greater McMinnville, Oregon area who lived through this vital event. Our ultimate goal is to create an oral history archive that will preserve the memories of alumni and community members, as well as connect current college students to previous generations.

This project involves the expertise and work of three faculty/staff members: Dr. Lissa Wadewitz, Associate Professor of History; Dr. Rachel Schley, Assistant Professor of History; and Rich Schmidt, Director of the Linfield College Archives. In addition, several students from the History Department are working to move the project forward.

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Interviews from 2019

Dorothy Buckingham Adkins: World War II as Experience and Memory, Dorothy Buckingham Adkins

Roberta Schmalz Campbell: World War II as Experience and Memory, Roberta Schmalz Campbell

Hulda Beckley Fitzsimons: World War II as Experience and Memory, Hulda Beckley Fitzsimons

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Index to Roberta Schmalz Campbell Interview, Ruby Guyot

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Index to Bruce Stewart Interview, Elisia Harder

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Index to Jack Shannahan Interview, Elisia Harder

Gertrude Hall Jette: World War II as Experience and Memory, Gertrude Hall Jette

Tom Kilpatrick: World War II as Experience and Memory, Tom Kilpatrick

Thelma McPike Klauss: World War II as Experience and Memory, Thelma McPike Klauss

Peggy Parent Lutz: World War II as Experience and Memory, Margaret Parent Lutz

Margery Jordan Pease: World War II as Experience and Memory, Margery Jordan Pease

Donald Rea: World War II as Experience and Memory, Donald Rea

Mitsue Endow Salador: World War II as Experience and Memory, Mitsue Endow Salador

Jack Shannahan: World War II as Experience and Memory, Erwin Shannahan

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Index to Peggy Parent Lutz Interview, Kara Skokan

Bruce Stewart: World War II as Experience and Memory, Bruce Stewart

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Index to Donald Rea Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Dorothy Buckingham Adkins Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Gertrude Hall Jette Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Hulda Beckley Fitzsimons Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Margery Jordan Pease Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Mitsue Endow Salador Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Thelma McPike Klauss Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Tom Kilpatrick Interview, Melvin van Hurck

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Index to Virginia Haynes Yungen Interview, Melvin van Hurck

Virginia Haynes Yungen: World War II as Experience and Memory, Virginia Haynes Yungen