The topic I decided to write about for our research project this year is the Heifer Project. The Heifer Project is a volunteer organization that collects and sends cattle to families in need over seas. It started during and after WWII.
This is a very personal topic for me. My Great Grandparents were immensely involved – their farm was a holding ground for the cattle and my Great Grandfather Roger worked with the Heifer Project cattle for 4 years, instead of his usual farmer duties. My Great Grandmother Olive is still alive and is a wonderful story teller, she has records of these years, her own personal stories, a newscast interview of her and Roger, and a dictation of Rogers that she typed for him before he died and countless other ties to the program to share.
Bigger idea questions and narrowing it all down will probably be the hard part for me. I am thinking of looking at this as a case study to how average Americans at home felt about the bloodshed abroad. I also wanted to take a look at the broad picture of volunteer efforts by Americans to help Germans, even in this time of obvious distaste for each others countries. If anyone has any ideas I am open to any suggestions.