Preserving history through the memories of those who created it.

About

Who We Are

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Cold War Historical Society was founded in 2010 by a group of motivated women dedicated to preserving the contributions that current/former residents of southeastern Pennsylvania (and nearby regions) made toward protecting the United States during the Cold War.

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What We Do

Our primary mission is to engage in collecting and preserving oral histories from current and former residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania who contributed to activities aimed at protecting the United States during the Cold War.

What is oral history?

Oral history is the collection and recording of personal memoirs as historical documentation. It documents forms of discourse normally not documented and it emphasizes the significance of human experience.
Oral history is the best method to use to get an idea not only of what happened, but what past times meant to people and how it felt to be a part of those times. It involves eyewitness accounts and reminiscences about events and experiences which occurred during the lifetime of the person being interviewed. When we ask people to talk about the past, we are asking them to tell us stories from memory.

Historical Preservation

While the primary mission of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Cold War Historical Association is collecting and preserving oral histories from current and former residents of southeastern Pennsylvania who contributed to activities aimed at protecting the United States during the Cold War, we have, over the years, become involved in related historical preservation efforts related to the Dynamic Flight Simulator, aka Johnsville Centrifuge, and the former Naval Air Development Center, both located in Warminster, PA.

Volunteer

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Cold War Historical Society welcomes volunteers!

We currently have need for volunteers who may be able to assist with the following:

  • Identifying, scheduling, participating and conducting oral history interviews
  • Database and mailing list management
  • Transcription of oral history interviews
  • Assisting with organization and cataloguing digitized documents (blueprints, photographs, papers)
  • Archival assistance with documents and various artifacts
  • Researching and/or preparing grant proposals

Time commitments for volunteer work vary; contact us for further details.

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