New Oral History Project Gives Pittsburgh Area Veterans a Chance to Tell Their Stories

Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh® is a nonprofit, multimedia oral history project jointly created by The Social Voice Project, The Veterans Breakfast Club, and StartPoint Media, Inc. The project is dedicated to capturing, preserving, and sharing the experiences of Pittsburgh area veterans of all branches of service and eras, including peace and war-time service.

“We want to honor and thank Pittsburgh area veterans for their service by giving them a chance to tell their stories, on their own terms, and in their own way,” says Kevin Farkas, audiographer, Navy veteran, and director of The Social Voice Project. “All veterans have remarkable stories of patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery. They also have fascinating stories of fear and loneliness, confusion, boredom, mundane duties, life-long friendships, humor, and exotic travel. To fully understand and appreciate veterans’ experiences, we need to hear these stories as well.”

Capturing the voices of “The Greatest Generation” is a priority. “We are losing so many of our aging WW II era veterans,” says Todd DePastino, historian, author, and executive director of The Veterans Breakfast Club.“Unfortunately, most WW II veterans will pass on before their stories can be preserved. Too often family members take their parents’ stories for granted; they’ve heard the old ‘war stories’ many times, but very few are ever recorded. Once a veteran dies we’ve lost an important eye witness to history. The families of our oldest veterans must ensure that these stories are preserved for their children, grandchildren, and all future generations.”

The Veteran Voices of Pittsburghproject uses high definition technology, formatting, and techniques to enhance oral histories. “We want to enrich the oral history experience, inspire the imagination, and warm the heart. High quality design, direction, and multimedia are essential for us,” says Chris Rolinson, award winning videographer, US Army veteran, and owner of StartPoint Media. “Unlike most oral history projects, our interviews are presented in dedicated audiographic, videographic, and written media. Each genre yields a different experience, and the different media make the interviews accessible through a variety of platforms, including websites, social media, mobile devices, and print. We want these veterans’ stories to be widely accessible, not hidden away in an obscure archive.”

This is a lasting way to thank all veterans for their service. To donate or become a corporate/individual sponsor of The Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh oral history project, please contact The Social Voice Project. Volunteers are also needed to help preserve and share these stories as part of our American heritage. Your generous support is tax deductible as allowed by law.

For more information, please contact Kevin Farkas. | 412-423-8034