The Department of History at Angelo State University will host a History Harvest event in Brownwood on Friday, May 12, for the grant-funded project, “War Stories: West Texans from World War I to the Present.”

The “War Stories” project is an effort to collect and preserve the stories and experiences of current and former armed forces personnel and their families who have a past or present West Texas connection. It is supported by a three-year grant (No. AC-226771-15) from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Anyone interested in contributing to the project can participate in a History Harvest event or complete an online form at www.angelo.edu/war-stories-submission-form.

The Brownwood History Harvest will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at the Brownwood Public Library, 600 Carnegie St., in Brownwood. Interested parties can make a specific appointment for the May 12 event by emailing warstories@angelo.edu or calling the ASU Department of History at 325-942-2324.

Dr. Christine Lamberson and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of ASU’s history faculty are the directors of the project. They are hosting the History Harvest event to make it easier for individuals to participate in interviews and to bring materials, such as family photos, letters, journals, home movies and videos, and other documents, for assessment. Items will be scanned on site, and originals will be returned to the owner, along with a digitized copy.

The scanned images and recorded interviews will be downloaded into a digital archive housed in ASU’s Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection to serve as a research resource for future generations and as a memorial to those Americans who helped shape the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries. To view the current digital archive, go to www.angelo.edu/warstories.

For more information on the War Stories project, call the Department of History at 325-942-2324 or email warstories@angelo.edu.