WPSU seeking World War II stories at Altoona event

April 07, 2008

WPSU invites the "greatest generation" to recount their unique experiences of World War II. WPSU-TV is asking those who lived through World War II to offer their stories during a video recording session to be held on Saturday, May 3, at the Penn State Altoona campus. In order to take part in the event, those with first-person accounts of World War II must call (814) 863-6636 to schedule an appointment. Spaces are limited, anyone interested should call soon. Appointments must be made by Thursday, April 24.

This event was conceived as part of a community engagement campaign centered around the Ken Burns documentary "The War." The documentary explored the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective and aired on PBS (WPSU-TV) this past fall.

For those who would rather share their war stories in writing, WPSU-TV has also created an opportunity for individuals to submit their memories online by visiting http://www.wpsu.org/thewar online. By selecting "Share Your Story" on the Web page, those wanting to contribute will learn how to submit their stories to the Web site, record an audio story or browse through the stories that others have contributed.

World War II stories will be collected on the Web site through May 31. All stories, collected locally and nationally, will be stored at PBS and will be accessible by the public for generations to come.

Support for "Shared Stories of WWII" is provided by: ECM Insurance Group, Furrer Beverage, Jeff and Jerilyn Kern, Homewood of Martinsburg and SPE Federal Credit Union.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009