Bong Center Adapts Oral History Program for COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the Bong Center took a break from conducting in-person oral histories this spring and summer. 

We have revamped the program and the Bong Center is again looking for people interested in contributing their military histories to our archives.  We now offer three different options for veterans to contribute their oral histories.

We are resuming standard in person interviews but with new protocols.  The interview will take place in a larger room to accommodate for proper social distancing, a Plexiglas shield will separate the interviewer and interviewee, and there will be additional sanitizing before and after the interview.

For those comfortable with Zoom, we can conduct a virtual recorded interview from the comfort of your home.  This will require a pre-interview to set up technology and troubleshoot potential issues and then the recorded interview will follow.

Finally, we are asking the community to help us capture this important veteran history.  We are introducing a project that will allow family and friends to conduct interviews for us.  We supply an oral history backpack kit with basic interview tools, including an audio recorder, camera, suggested questions and an interview training guide.  Kits are available for a 2-week checkout. Once completed, return the kit and recorded oral history to the Bong Center, where it will be cataloged and added to our permanent archives.  A digital copy will be provided to the veteran.   

For more information about setting up an interview or reserving a backpack kits contact the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center at (715) 392-7151 or email the curator Briana Fiandt, at fiandt@bongcenter.org.

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