The Calimesa Library Local History Archive was created through a California Reads grant from CalHumanities. This grant is called “The War Comes Home,” and it is a theme being explored in libraries all over the state in 2014. Here at Calimesa Library, our goal was to start an online archive that would communicate local veterans’s experiences in their own words, in their own voice.
Through community participation and support, we have done just that. This site includes audio recordings of military experiences as told by veterans and their loved ones. It includes drawings from Mesa View Middle School and Yucaipa High School students reflecting on what exactly it means for the war to come home.
Interviews with local veterans were conducted by Yucaipa High School students and Calimesa Library employees. We encourage you to listen to the veterans’ interviews and to view the accompanying pictures that help tell those stories. We encourage you to take a moment and consider for yourself what it means –for all of us as a nation– when, inevitably, the war comes home.
Note: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this web site do not necessarily represent those of Cal Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.