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.
Interviews from 2019
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
Index to Roberta Schmalz Campbell Interview, Ruby Guyot
Index to Bruce Stewart Interview, Elisia Harder
Index to Jack Shannahan Interview, Elisia Harder
Tom Kilpatrick: World War II as Experience and Memory, Tom Kilpatrick
Peggy Parent Lutz: World War II as Experience and Memory, Margaret Parent Lutz
Mitsue Endow Salador: World War II as Experience and Memory, Mitsue Endow Salador
Jack Shannahan: World War II as Experience and Memory, Erwin Shannahan
Index to Peggy Parent Lutz Interview, Kara Skokan
Bruce Stewart: World War II as Experience and Memory, Bruce Stewart
Index to Hulda Beckley Fitzsimons Interview, Melvin Van Hurck
Index to Mitsue Endow Salador Interview, Melvin Van Hurck
Index to Tom Kilpatrick Interview, Melvin Van Hurck