It’s not a recording, but it brings the history home

San Diego Union Tribune: Rancho Buena Vista High School holds USO Show and Oral Historians Day, hosting 95 veterans of World War II (wow!) to tell about their experiences in three 50-minute sessions. The students dressed in 1940s era clothes and put on USO show for the vets.

The veterans’ presentations, spread across campus in three 50-minute sessions, drove home history lessons that students had read in books and heard in lectures.

“This gave me a new perspective,” said Tyler Cottrell, a student who was Vielhauer’s guide for the day. “It made it very real for me.”

[…] “They are two generations coming together, separated by almost 60 years,” he said. “The students get real-life accounts of the war that’s different from textbooks, classroom lectures or videos. Our veterans really enjoy talking to the students.”

The event began at Rancho Buena Vista High School when a former student, whose grandfather was a Pearl Harbor survivor, approached the school about bringing in veterans to relate their experiences to history students. La France took over as coordinator four years ago.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 18, 2006 in • Oral history in the news
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