Veterans History Project


The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

VHP’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Chief Judge Mark L. Levitt announced that Lake County’s 19th Judicial Circuit, various partners of the Lake County legal community, and the County of Lake will once again participate in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.  This year's project will take place at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on the morning of Friday, November 10, 2023.  

Registration is now open and will run through Friday, October 27, 2023.  Early registration is encouraged as there are a limited number of spaces available.

The event kicks off with check-in, followed by breakfast and a brief program.  The registered veterans are then invited to sit together for a group photograph to commemorate their participation.  After the photograph, they will then be escorted to their assigned rooms to give their oral histories with the assistance of volunteer attorney interviewers.  Each interview is recorded by a volunteer court reporter which will then be transcribed and archived at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. This program has been held in the courthouse since 2012 and is a moving and inspirational experience for all who attend. 

About the Veteran's History Project

To ensure inclusion in the Veterans History Project, please complete the following two forms:

Biographical Data Form

Veteran's Release Form

The above two required Forms should be returned by October 27, 2023, by mail or hand delivery to: 

Lorena Hernandez 

Nineteenth Judicial Circuit 

Lake County Courthouse, 1st Floor Court Administration Office

18 North County Street

Waukegan, IL 60085


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