Fairfield Warde students seek local veterans for oral history project
FAIRFIELD — A group of history students at Fairfield Warde High School is looking for local veterans to share their stories.
The United States history students of Warde teacher Charles Flynn will embark on a project to document the experiences of Fairfield veterans of all wars for the Library of Congress.
“We are hoping to reach as many vets from as many different experiences,” Flynn said.
Flynn and his roughly 85 juniors hope to begin their 30-minute, in-person interviews — as specified by the Library of Congress — in March and will continue through early May. Interviews will be conducted by the students and videotaped.
Want to take part?
Veterans interested in being interviewed should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-255-8364 and ask for Charles Flynn.
The interviews will be conducted in partnership with the office of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4.
Flynn’s work in Fairfield is part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, which was started in 2000 to record oral histories from veterans from World War I through the present. This is the first year Flynn and his students will participate in the project.
“We are trying to get students more involved with the community and ‘real world’ issues,” Flynn said.
According to the Warde teacher, the project is part of an ongoing focus in his class of the impact of war and the sacrifice made by veterans throughout history. He said he hopes it inspires inquiry among his students and illustrates the importance of first-person evidence in shaping historical perspective.
“We also emphasize using primary sources as evidence,” Flynn said. “In the era of fake news, we are trying to get students to consider their sources and evaluate information for themselves.”