November 2014 Program Notes

We are fortunate to host Mr. Bob Patrick, Director of the Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, as our speaker on Nov 18. The Center "collects, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war."

VHP is a national initiative mandated by Congress to collect, preserve and make accessible the first-person accounts of America’s wartime veterans.

Since 2006, Mr. Patrick has managed all aspects of the Project and directed the building of a nationwide network of volunteer interviewers and organizations.  To date, over 94,000 veterans have submitted their personal recollections making this the largest such collection in American history.  Mr. Patrick serves as the project’s chief spokesperson and has appeared across the country on its behalf.

Mr. Patrick is a retired US Army colonel. During his over 28 years of active duty, he served in a number of leadership positions in the states and overseas.

Retiring from the US Army in 1999, he spent more than five years in a leadership role with the National World War II Memorial Project of the American Battle Monuments Commission. He directed the Memorial’s historic dedication on May 29, 2004.

Mr. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a Masters degree in Public Administration (Public Service) from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College.