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Video Release: Curt Witcher, No Document Left Behind

We have already released two videos in the month of October, and today we release another. The new Preserve the Pensions promotional videos, featuring D. Joshua Taylor, David Rencher, and Curt Witcher, offer a unique take on the importance of digitizing the War of 1812 Pensions Application files.

The third video on our series features Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF. Curt is the Genealogy Center Manager and Senior Manager of Special Collections for the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He also serves as a Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Director.

The War of 1812 Pension files can only be found on paper, they have never been microfilmed, never been digitized. Until now. These pension packets can include dozens, sometimes hundreds, of documents that likely cannot be found anywhere else, and they are in urgent need of preservation. Just as the Marines say today, “no man left behind,” we at Preserve the Pensions say, “no document left behind!”


 “We all share a common interest of preserving these valuable historical documents, and making them accessible for generations to come.” ~ Curt Witcher

Whether you are a historian, genealogist, military enthusiast, educator, or interested in these documents in another way, we all have one thing in common: this is our history. Every citizen of the United States shares this story. Every citizen has the ability to play a part in preserving these pieces for all future generations.

The Power of Video

The pensions are a powerful tool in the genealogists’s and historian’s toolboox. Video is an equally powerful tool in the communications toolbox. It allows us to distill a topic we could spend hours talking about down to its essential elements within a compelling narrative. These videos offer us the opportunity to convey our cause to people who may never have heard of the project in a way sure to get, and hold, their attention.

We hope you enjoy the videos yourself and will help us share them far and wide. So we may achieve our goal of preserving this incredible collection and providing to you free now, free forever. You can see all four at our YouTube Channel:

Preserve the Pensions YouTube

Consider subscribing if you visit. We’ll be adding additional video content on our activities at conferences, War of 1812 events and Google Hangouts on Air.