About the Missouri Veterans History Project
The Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP) is a not-for-profit corporation organized to interview and record the stories of our Veterans. Our nation’s Veterans each have a unique perspective to share about our history. First-hand recollections of their service provide a richer and more personal context to historical accounts.
Kimberley Lauer (left), Midwest Litigation videographer, with veterans Archie Sapp (center) and Chester Hilgedick (right). Go behind the scenes at the filming of an interview here.
Archie Sapp (left) and Chester Hilgedick in uniform during World War II
The MVHP exists to record the stories of Missouri Veterans. We do this by:
- Training volunteers to interview and record the stories of Missouri Veterans.
- Organizing community-based campaigns to interview as many Veterans as possible
- Making the recordings available to State Historical Society of Missouri, and Library of Congress and the Veteran.
The recording is provided to the Veteran free of charge and are archived and made available to scholars, students, Veterans and the public through a partnership with The State Historical Society of Missouri, the Library of Congress and other organizations.
Board of Directors
MVHP was founded in 2011 by volunteers to record Veterans’ stories. A nine-member Board of Directors oversees and manages the MVHP organization.
A hands-on supportive advisory group comprised of Veterans’ organizations, the University of Missouri and other interested groups supports the board’s work. MVHP works closely with the national Veterans History Project, which is an effort of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. All of these groups provide their services without charge.