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Pauleena MacDougall

Kathleen Martin

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Fall 9-1-2001

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The accounts of wars recorded in history books tend to focus on the names and dates of battles, the decisions of political leaders and the heroics of charismatic military commanders. Those facts are important, of course, but they only tell part of the story.

The Maine Folklife Center at The University of Maine, in collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, is doing its part to make sure the rest of the story is recorded. The Maine Folklife Center has begun to organize an extensive oral history project that will preserve the war stories of veterans from World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars.

Pauleena MacDougall, associate director of the Maine Folklife Center, says oral history is an important means by which future generations may learn about the reality of war.

"No one knows the war better than the veterans who fought it," she says.

The Maine Folklife Center is one of 100 local folklife centers in 38 states participating in the project. MacDougall received a letter from the American Folklife Center several months ago requesting the assistance of the Maine Folklife Center.


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