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Veterans Oral History Project receives state funding

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The state budget finalized by the Legislature last week includes $30,000 for the Veterans Oral History Project in Natick for the second year in a row, after the project’s state funding dipped to $22,500 in previous years, according to state Representative David Linsky’s office. The project includes taping interviews with local military veterans, from the World War II era onward. It now has over 160 tapes, which are housed at Natick’s Morse Institute Library. The project, a collaboration among the library, the Natick Veterans Council, and Natick Pegasus, the town’s local-access cable television station, is funded mostly by the state. The collection was started in 1998 when Eugene Dugdale, who was Natick’s last known Pearl Harbor survivor and has since died, told the library he was worried that World War II veterans were dying without having their stories heard. For more information on the project, visit natickvets.org.

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