When we fade away, our stories go with us, unless we share them. That’s part of the idea behind the Veterans’ History Project, a 14-year-old effort of the Library of Congress. It has preserved almost 100,000 stories from World War I-era vets forward. “The veterans’ personal recollections have made this the largest such collection in American history,” said Anne Craig, director of the Illinois State Library, at a ceremony honoring veterans and their participation.
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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who counts the library as part of his jurisdiction, tells a story of his own: when, as a Chicago Cub signee, he wound up in basic training instead of spring training