Sheppard Air Force Base (Feb. 27) ~ open to personnel with base access
Museum of North Texas History in Wichita Falls (Feb. 28) ~ open to the public
The Texas Historical Commission (THC), in conjunction with Sheppard Air Force Base and the Museum of North Texas History, will co-host two free oral history training workshops. The first, for those with base access, will be held at the Sheppard Air Force Base Heritage Center on Friday, February 27; the second is open to the public and will be held at the Museum of North Texas History on Saturday, February 28. The workshops are the sixth and seventh in a special two-year series of THC-coordinated Texas in the Cold War oral history training workshops around the state. These workshops highlight the real places telling the real stories of Texas’ involvement in the Cold War, including the home front perspective. The workshops are designed for people to learn how to conduct, record, and transcribe oral histories, including hands-on training with digital and video recording equipment.
WHO: Sheppard Air Force Base Vietnam War Commemoration Committee, Museum of North Texas History staff, and THC historians
WHAT: Free Texas in the Cold War Oral History Training Workshops
WHERE: Sheppard Air Force Base Heritage Center – base access required
Friday, February 27 (2-4:30 p.m.)
Museum of North Texas History - public welcome
720 Indiana, Wichita Falls,
Saturday, February 28 (9 a.m.-noon)
Seating is limited, please call 512.463.5833 to pre-register
BACKGROUND: The workshop series When the Lone Star State Met the Iron Curtain: Recollections of Texas in the Cold War, is built on the foundation of the THC’s national award-winning Texas in World War II Initiative. This project endeavors to preserve the service and sacrifices of Texans during the Cold War. Funding for the workshop series was made possible through the generous support of The Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, which also helped support the THC’s Texas in World War II Initiative’s oral history workshop series in 2004.
Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) is home to the 82d Training Wing—the US Air Force’s largest technical training wing—and the 80th Flying Training Wing, which hosts the world's only internationally manned and managed pilot training program. The Sheppard Air Force Base Vietnam War Commemoration Committee has partnered with the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program to plan and conduct events that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service, valor, and sacrifice in the local area. The Sheppard Heritage Center supports the various base training missions through exhibits on the history of aviation and the training of airmen conducted at Call Field and Sheppard AFB from 1917 to the present.
The mission of the Museum of North Texas History is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history of the North Texas Area; to inspire an interest in the past for the education and enrichment of people of all ages.