Listening to War: Uncovering Wisconsin’s Wartime Oral Histories

Listening to War: Uncovering Wisconsin’s Wartime Oral Histories will find, assess, and create a plan for the digitization of oral history interview recordings documenting 20th-century military conflicts as experienced by residents of Wisconsin, held by libraries, archives, and historical societies throughout the state. This yearlong planning project is supported by a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Listening to War will bring together expertise from numerous partner institutions to assist Wisconsin libraries and cultural institutions in preserving the irreplaceable voices of our veterans. It will also raise awareness of the unique collections held by these institutions and create a community of practice that will help all libraries and cultural institutions interested in audiovisual digitization and preservation.

Get Involved

Does your organization hold any audio or video interviews with Wisconsin, veterans, local residents speaking about experiences on the homefront, or any other oral histories related to wartime? We’d love to hear from you! Please use this form to tell us more about your collections.

Want to learn more about this project? Read the grant narrative submitted to NEH.

Interested in learning more about creating and preserving oral histories? See the resource list compiled by the Wisconsin Oral History Network.

Grant Advisory Committee

  • Ellen Brooks, Oral Historian, Wisconsin Veterans Museum
  • Paul Hedges, Emerging Technologies Archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Erika Janik, freelance historian, author, and executive producer of “Wisconsin Life” at Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Stephen Kercher, Chair and Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Susan McLeod, director emeritus, Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Troy Reeves, Head, Oral History Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mark D. Van Ells, Professor of History, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York


Dana Gerber-Margie
Digital Archives Assistant, WiLS

This project has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.