Veterans invited to tell their stories

Margaretville — Veterans in the Town of Middletown and contiguous areas who would like to share their stories of military service with posterity are invited to participate in the New York State Veteran Oral History Program.
A representative of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs will spend four days in Margaretville conducting video interviews of veterans who have served in any era, from World War II through Iraq and Afghanistan.
Interviews will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. August 10 through 13 at Middletown American Legion Post #216, Main Street, Margaretville. To reserve an interview slot or for more information, contact Peter Molnar at 845 586-1350; mfg@molnarfinancial.com.
Veterans are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire with basic information prior to the interview. They are available at Margaretville Motel, Route 28, between Margaretville and Arkville, and online at www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/veterrans/vindex.htm. The questionnaire becomes part of the historical record along with the actual interview.
Wayne Clarke, a professional military historian on the museum’s staff, will conduct the interviews in cooperation with the Middletown American Legion, and with the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown. The society will receive copies of the videos for its archival collection, and excerpts from the video interviews will form the basis of a Veterans’ Day exhibit to be formulated at Margaretville Central School this fall.
Established by the governor on Veterans’ Day 2000, the Oral History Project has been working for almost a decade to preserve the story of New York’s veterans in their own words, now and for generations to come. All periods and services are being collected.
The Division of Military and Naval Affairs runs the State Military Museum and Research Center and works with the Governor’s Office for Technology and the Division of Veteran Affairs to save the thoughts and experiences of the state’s veterans.
Video and audio of each interview will be catalogued, summarized, transcribed whenever feasible and placed into protective storage. For hours, directions and more info, call 518 581-5100.