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ArtSpace - Book project captures war stories

June 28, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A project funded by the Berkeley Springs Historical Society is preserving the wartime memories of 22 local veterans of American conflicts - World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

Nancy Russell Harvey, who has lived in the Eastern Panhandle village for 20 years, collected the stories using a questionnaire and audio tape recorder, transcribing them into a computer.

Lula Belle Robertson edited and Kathy Arbogast typed the narrations that became "Glimpse of our Heroes."

Harvey, who said she's always been interested in antiques and artifacts, especially those of the Civil War era, decided that the experiences of World War II veterans needed to be recorded - before they're lost. Stories from Korea and Vietnam also are collected in the volume, as is Grita Velte's account of the bombing of Dresden, Germany, in 1945.

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As closely as possible, the stories are in the words of the men and women who lived them, Harvey said. Most shared a lesson learned; some shared advice.

Harvey found the veterans by beating the bushes, by posting notices at the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars clubs and, eventually, by word of mouth. Four more veterans have agreed to share their experiences for a second collection. "We'll get started after summer," Harvey said.

"Glimpse of our Heroes" costs $21.20 and is available at the Morgan County Library in Berkeley Springs.




Art Space - an occasional Sunday feature - highlights accomplishments of Tri-State area residents. To enter the Art Space, send a basic press release with a copy of your book or music to Art Space, Lifestyle, The Herald-Mail Co., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Please include a daytime phone number.

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