THC committed to preserving WWII stories

AUSTIN—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is committed to preserving the voices of our service men and women through ongoing oral history training workshops held in cities across Texas. The free workshops, titled Here and There: Recollections of Texas in World War II, preserve the real stories of the dedicated men and women who contributed to the war effort. During the month that we honor our veterans, workshops will be held on Nov. 5 in Palestine and on Nov. 10 in Beaumont.

Attempting to reach as many Texans as possible, the THC has partnered with Baylor University's Institute for Oral History to continue conducting workshops through January 2010. The work has also been funded by the Houston Endowment and the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.

A lso commemorat ing t he sacrifices of our veterans is the Dec. 7 grand reopening of the expanded National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, feat ur ing an appearance by President George H. W. Bush. The museum honors the memories of the Pacific War Theater of World War II and the new George H. W. Bush Gallery will be the most comprehensive and engaging collection of Pacific War history.

To learn more about the THC's Texas in World War II initiative visit or contact William McWhorter with the History Programs Division at 512-463-5833. For additional information about the National Museum of the Pacific War visit

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