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Contact: 1LT Vincent Solomeno, (732) 974-5966

National Guard Militia Museum Celebrates 10 Years of Oral Histories

SEA GIRT, N.J. – The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey’s Center for U.S. War Veterans Oral Histories recently celebrated ten years of interviewing Garden State heroes at a luncheon at Manasquan B.P.O.E. 2534.  Since establishing its partnership with the U.S. Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, museum staff and volunteers have interviewed 428 service members.

“From World War II to the present conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has been our great privilege to record the histories of men and women who placed themselves in harm’s way in defense of our country,” said Carol Fowler, the museum’s assistant curator for oral histories.  “Their stories are the story of America and provide an important record for students of state and national history.”

Established in 1980, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and the National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state.  Collections include original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the War for Independence, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, with particular attention paid to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience. 

Interviews are accessible to the public at the museum in Sea Girt.  Veterans interested in recording an oral history are encouraged to call (732) 974-5966.

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