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Virginia Project Preserving WWI and WWII History Coming to Staunton

Post Date:07/16/2019 2:11 PM
What: Profiles in Honor Scanning Project
When: Noon to 8 p.m., July 31
Where: Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave.
Why: Provides Virginians the opportunity to digitize personal documents related to the history of World War I and World War II
More Info: 540.332.3902

JULY 16, 2019 — The Virginia WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Scanning Project will be in Staunton from noon to 8 p.m., July 31 at the Staunton Public Library to help residents digitize, or scan, personal documents related to the history of both wars.

The Profiles of Honor Scanning Project allows contributors to preserve and share the historical content of valuable documents and still keep their original collections. The project digitizes documents for archiving in an ever-growing collection of original World War I and World War II-related photographs, images, letters, and other documents contributed from around the state in the Library of Virginia.

Visitors are invited to bring their documents to be digitally archived and made publicly accessible online. Items range from single letters, diaries, and photographs to substantial collections of correspondence between soldiers and families at home. These first-hand accounts, some in fragile or deteriorating condition, are typically carefully guarded family treasures.

The Profiles of Honor Scanning Project is a partnership between the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission and the Library of Virginia. The project documents Virginia’s integral role in world history and is part of a statewide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. The Commission has been collecting stories across Virginia since the end of 2016. Since the project’s beginning, the Commission has scanned nearly 5,000 items, and a sampling is available on the Commission’s website. The Library of Virginia will make every scanned document permanently accessible online.

This undertaking of the Commission “honors the Virginians who fought for our freedom and helps to ensure that their legacy remains for new generations as World War I and World War II slip further out of public memory,” said Virginia House of Delegates Speaker M. Kirkland Cox, who serves as the Chairman of the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission. “Both wars were fought not only overseas, but from the shipyards, factories, military bases, and homes of Virginians.”

For more information on the Profiles of Honor Scanning Project and other initiatives of the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, visit www.VirginiaWWIandWWII.org.

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Media Contact:
Sarah Skrobis
Director of Library Services
540.332.3902
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