Hello, Kickstarter community, and thank you for stopping by! We are a group of students in central Virginia working with a local non-profit organization, ParadeRest, to collect and preserve the stories of military veterans with a focus on WWII. Please join in our venture to gather and share these incredible stories before it’s too late.
May 8th, 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Unfortunately, the men and women of “the Greatest Generation,” who remember this day, are leaving us too quickly. Many of these men and women still have sharp memories and meaningful experiences to share. We had the opportunity to experience this at the Memorial Day event hosted by ParadeRest last spring. While the event honored all veterans, it focused on those from the Second World War. As these elderly men and women gathered, they began telling stories and accounts of the war that surprised even their family members who were now hearing these stories for the very first time. \While many of us have studied history and watched wartime films, nothing compared to the stories we heard from the veterans on that day. Their accounts gave color and detail to the larger war narrative that simply cannot be achieved with secondary sources alone. Since that day we have committed ourselves to guaranteeing that these stories never go untold and preserving them for generations to come.
A Nickel for your Story is an effort to record the stories of veterans, starting with those from World War Two (WWII), to preserve these invaluable and increasingly rare accounts for future generations. Using the Kickstarter funding, student interns will record the stories of veterans in exchange for a silver, WWII era Jefferson nickel; the very coins carried in the pockets and purses of these men and women not so long ago. This 70 year old nickel is special for a variety of reasons. Due to the demand for nickel as a raw resource during the war, these 5-cent pieces were made with a high concentration of silver. The nickel is especially significant here in Charlottesville, home to Thomas Jefferson and Monticello.
In addition to recording the stories, we will transcribe and publish the stories in a document to give the community access to these meaningful memoirs. Each recording will be submitted to the Library of Congress as part of the Veteran’s History Project.
ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS PROJECT ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! Your monetary support for this Kickstarter project will cover basic expenses of video and audio equipment, marketing, printing costs, and internships, which allows us devote time to the project during the spring semester and summer. Every dollar helps us reach our goal. Exceeding our goal will allow us to extend the project and gather additional stories, expanding the project to conflicts after WWII; something we hope to be able to do.
Breakdown of Costs:
- Audio and visual recording equipment: $930
- Printing: $1,325
- Advertising: $1,850
- Jefferson Nickels: $650
- Cost of hiring student interns: $2,300
- Mailing videos to Library of Congress: $315
- Cost of purchasing and mailing gifts to donors: $690
- Materials for interview sites (including transportation for interviewees): $765
ParadeRest is a student-run component of a larger 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Charlottesville, Virginia that supports local service men and women. ParadeRest started in 2010 as a ground-up initiative seeking to enhance community resilience for veterans and their families. On a weekly basis, staff works with local venues to provide returning and soon-to-be-deployed veterans, local military personnel, and their families, with tickets to movies, shows, concerts, arts, and sporting events. In addition to providing opportunities for area venues, ParadeRest has sponsored runs, dinners, and events for veterans, including a Veteran’s Day event and a Memorial Day event with special recognition for the fallen in our community. ParadeRest also offers its space and support to other local veterans groups. Our mission is to connect or re-connect these brave men and women to their families, friends and to the greater Charlottesville community.
Through this “Nickel for your Story” project we hope to further connect veterans to their families, friends and the community by sharing stories that have special meaning for them.
For more information about ParadeRest, please visit our website: http://paraderestva.org/
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges impact every Kickstarter project and Nickel for Your Story is no exception. While we know several WWII veterans in the area willing to share their story, we hope to engage more WWII veterans to participate in the project. Our largest challenge is increasing awareness of the project so we are able to access more veterans willing to share their stories. Based on the popularity of and large turnout at our annual Memorial and Veterans Day events, we are confident that we will be able to find veterans who are willing to share their stories with us. We will be sure to notify our backers with regular updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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