History Speaks! An Introduction

Introduce your students to “Voices of World War I,” audio recordings that bring historical documents alive with human narration.

In time for your Veterans Day lesson plans, CRIS Radio has produced a 15-minute audio program that includes recordings of selected WWI state archival records. This specially produced Veterans Day program is available at no cost at CRIS Radio, www.crisradio.org.

CRIS Radio produced this audio program and numerous other recordings of primary source historic documents selected in partnership with the Connecticut State Library. These documents include government records, soldiers’ diaries, letters to home, and newspaper articles. Also included are questionnaires completed by returning military personnel that provides insight on the impact of war on young men and women.

In addition to the 15-minute audio program, students and educators are invited to explore the numerous “Voices of WWI” recordings available on the CRIS website for streaming and downloading, also available at no cost.

Images of the original documents are available on the web site adjacent to the link that brings you to the audio recordings. In many cases, a transcript of the document also is available.