The mission of the Honoring Our Marin Veterans Oral History Project is to capture the personal recollections of those men and women who have served their country in the armed forces, past and present. This project, in partnership with The Library of Congress Veteran History Project, and Building Better Citizens for America (BBCA), a Marin 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, will record and share Marin County veterans’ oral histories. The veteran narratives will be shared on this site and be available for viewing at the Marin History Museum. All interviews will be stored by hard copy, audio cassette, and on DVD. The collection will also be cataloged and indexed. The focus is on first-hand accounts of veterans, including those from the following wars: World War I (1914-1920), World War II (1939-1946), Korean War (1950-1955), Vietnam War (1961-1975), Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (2001-present).
Veterans are interviewed in private settings throughout Marin County. The founder of this project is Nicholas Elsbree, a former Marin County high school student (Marin Catholic Class of 2013). The project is now administered by Peter Jake Daniels, a Sir Francis Drake High School student. The majority of the interviews will be conducted by Marin County high school students. Prior Marin veteran interviews by Bay Area journalists, Brent Ainsworth, Janis Mara and Joe Wolfcale, will also be made available on this site, along with narratives completed by St. Mark’s School students. All interviews are recorded on audio tape and/or video tape, transcribed and a narrative is created. A printed narrative is provided to the veteran as a personal history. A copy of the narrative is sent to the Marin History Museum for storage. All interviews that are videotaped are sent to the Library Congress along with the accompanying DVDs/tapes and papework for the official archives. The written narratives are also shared at the annual Veteran’s Day Celebration hosted by Building Better Citizens for America (BBCA). The goal is to interview every living Marin veteran and record their stories for future generations.
The Honoring Our Marin Veterans Oral History Project works in collaboration with numerous organizations, including Building Better Citizens of America (BBCA), the Library of Congress, the Marin History Museum, local veterans’ organizations, local news organizations, and local retirement homes. The project was also fortunate to partner in 2011 and 2012 with former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, 6th District, who helped facilitate the relationship and partnership with the Library of Congress Veteran History Project. The Honoring Our Marin Veterans Project is privately funded.