Stories from Wartime, a public history program detailing the wartime lives of many, to mark 20th year

For two decades, they’ve done what they do best. They’ve told their stories — personal and riveting stories that can be described in a single word: unforgettable.

These veterans take their turn at the microphone, sharing what they’ve seen, heard and felt during their time serving our country in conflicts spanning World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. They paint the picture of what war, as well as its aftermath, is really like.

Since 1995, “Stories from Wartime” – a free, public speaker series running every January through April that also is part of a popular history course for Regis College undergraduates – has deepened perspectives and changed lives. 

“Students say over and over again that until they took this class, that they were operating under a lot of illusions about what veterans were like and about what war was like,” said Nathan Matlock, a series organizer and associate director of Regis’ nationally acclaimed Center for the Study of War Experience. “This has been an eye-opener for them.”

Among the series’ successes over the years is a major initiative that grew out of it: the center, a repository of personal war narratives and testimonies. Established in 2004, the center boasts an extensive archival collection that includes videotaped and written testimonies, and a broad range of items detailing the wartime lives of more than 300 individuals.

Matlock said he and his colleagues are eager for what’s ahead, including getting more students with recent combat experience involved in the series and talking increasingly about contemporary conflicts and their impact. And they’re excited to continue offering veterans something truly remarkable: a place where they feel safe to share their stories.

“We’re a forum for all voices,” Matlock said.

Hear the moving war experiences for yourself. Attend an upcoming “Stories from Wartime” presentation.