This month in the Local History & Genealogy Department, it’s all about veterans: we want to help you talk to the veterans in your life, preserve their memories, commemorate them, and research your ancestors’ involvement in conflicts past.

We’ll start an important fact: WWII and Korean War veterans are passing away in great numbers each year, and many take with them all the memories and stories of their experiences. Here at the library, we are hoping to preserve as many of those memories as we can by offering oral history interviews to veterans. We’ll setup a date and time, you’ll turn in a pre-interview questionnaire so that we can tailor our questions to your experience, and we record the interview for posterity (you get a copy to keep, too!). Veterans are encouraged to bring mementos such as medals, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. to their interview. If you or a relative are interested, please contact us at (859) 962-4070 with questions and to setup an appointment.

Interested in conducting your very own interview with the veterans in your life? Check out The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends or Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide for information on how to get started. These books will also give you tons of ideas on what kinds of questions to ask (including some interesting and non-traditional questions), and tips for a successful interview. We also have Oral History Kits that include a digital voice recorder so you can do an interview in the comfort of your home.

Thinking of a way to commemorate your favorite veteran, or make a special gift for a loved one? Visit one our Makerspaces and make some personalized swag! We have a heat press that can be used to make t-shirts, bags, onesies, and hats, and we also have a button-maker. We think these personalized items make great talking points at family functions – especially reunions and holiday dinners! We’ve made it super easy – make an appointment at either our Covington or Erlanger branch, and we’ll help you get your photos formatted and printed, and you’ll be on your way to a super cool gift in just a matter of minutes.

In honor of National Veteran and Military Families Month, we have a special display up in the Local History & Genealogy Department for the month of November: a collection of World War II items loaned to us by local veteran George Due’s family. See everything from original telegraphs, patches, pins, and medals, personal correspondence, and a handful of original artifacts from Mr. Due’s time overseas. It is amazing that these items have survived the test of time and are still cherished by the family, and we are so excited to have them on display in our department. Be sure to stop in and see it before the end of November!

                    

Is research more up your alley? We also have resources for researching local veterans:

  • Faces & Places – our photograph database with content from across Northern Kentucky.
  • Fold3 – Ancestry’s military database where you can find draft cards, pension applications, photographs, and so much more. *This database can only be accessed outside of the Library with a Kenton County Public Library Card.*

We’re also offering classes during the month of November on how to research your veterans from select conflicts (Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI & WWII). Check out our online calendar to sign up!

Have questions? Give our Local History and Genealogy Department in Covington a call and we would be happy to assist! You can reach us by phone at (859) 962-4070 or by email at history@kentonlibrary.org.

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