The Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project was formed to capture the stories of ALL war time American veterans; WWII, the wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our primary mission is to collect, document and preserve the personal experiences of U.S. wartime veterans, as well as home front workers and volunteers who supported the war effort. Our objective is to honor their service and share their stories with current and future generations, historians and equally important, the veteran’s family members.
Veterans stories are documented via in-home video recorded interviews or taped presentations at monthly Roundtable public meetings (except July, August and December). These meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at the Lehigh Valley Active Life Center, 1633 Elm Street, Allentown, PA. The Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project works in conjunction with the National Veterans History Project which is sponsored by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. All video taped interviews, public or private, are submitted to the Library of Congress which are then carefully stored and maintained in keeping with professional archival practices. This material is made available at the Library of Congress, and eventually on line, for use by researchers, educators, historians and family members. Biographical and service information can be viewed on the Library of Congress website: www.loc.gov/vets.
Moreover, arrangements can also be made to register WWII veteran’s name, wartime photograph, decorations and theatre(s) of operation at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Board of Directors:
President/Founder/Historian: Mike Sewards (610) 434-5210 Email
Vice President: Paul Fiske (610) 820-7049 Email
Secretary/Historian: David Babb (610) 395-0897 Email
Historian/Archivist/Photographer: Dick Musselman (610) 928-1308 Email
Historian/Photographer: Stephen Savage (610) 432-6783 Email
Historian: Dale Kratzer
Military Advisor: Maj. Gen. Jerry Still, USAF-Ret.
Chaplains: Rev. Manfred Bahmann, Dr. Harry F. Wood
Administrative Assistant: Jessica Blasco
Web Site Administrator: Deb Kaczmar Email
Attention WAR TIME Veterans!
What happens to history when those
who lived it can no longer tell their stories?
Of the 16,112,566 Americans who served in World War II, fewer than 2.5 million remain alive today. Statistically, we are losing 852 of these brave and honorable men and women every day. As we move toward the day when not a single WWII participant remains alive to tell his or her story, we will lose a large part of our culture and the first hand experiences of what has been deemed the Greatest Generation. Who can doubt that this loss will be extremely profound. As the generation passes on, so does the living memory of a world calamity that claimed 60 million lives.
Lehigh Valley Active Life
(formerly Lehigh County Senior Center)
1633 Elm Street