Communication classes looking for veterans’ stories

WILLISTON — Kim Weismann, professor and chair of the Communication, Arts and Human Sciences Department at Williston State College, and her Interpersonal Communication classes are collecting veterans’ stories for an oral history project.

The idea originally started as a conversation between Williams County Veterans Service Officer Grant Carns and Weismann about six years ago. Students are paired one-on-one with veterans to collect and write their stories. Veterans can share as much, or as little, as they feel comfortable with sharing. They also have a say whether their story is shared publicly during the students’ final presentation in December or if they want to keep their story private.

“The students are always a bit nervous to complete the project, as they want to tell the stories in the best and most accurate way they can,” Weismann said.

Every consecutive year, the project has had success, with families of veterans coming back and thanking the students for completing the project. The families really appreciate having documented stories of their family members.

“The students grow to have a better appreciation for our military members and their service,” Weismann said.

For more information about the project, call Weismann at 774-4503.


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