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Local History Projects

You can help preserve local history by participating in one of our special projects: The Veterans History Project, Vanishing Farms Project, or the Valley Changes Series.

Veterans History Project

In conjunction with the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, MRL is collecting interviews of local veterans and their military experiences. From WWI to the Persian Gulf, we want to hear how it really was! Documents, maps, pictures, medals and all related materials are also collected, copied and complied in books. Civilian Defense, Department of Defense, and Alternate Service Workers are also encouraged to share their stories. Visit the Library of Congress website to learn more about this project.

Vanishing Farms Project

Our area has a rich agricultural history and we're determined to capture it before it's gone. Through the Vanishing Farms Project we collect oral histories, photographs, deeds or land grants and other information from local farming families.

Valley Change Series

Are you about eighty years young? Did you grow up in the Valley? If so, we want to hear and record your story! Tell us about the good and the bad ol' days and how the Valley has changed.

For more information or to participate in one of these projects, contact Cheryl Metz at 540.434.4475 ext. 129 or use our Contact Form.

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