PROGRAM: The Telling Project

Presented by:
Florida Humanities Council
Subject: Schwartz Prize Nominee, War/Veterans Audience: All, Children and Families, Veterans

In the Florida Telling Project, Florida veterans share their personal stories of life and the military on community stages across the state and are answering questions such as: What is it like to come home from war, move from a life of military discipline, search for a new purpose – and try to re-enter a civilian world that doesn’t understand?

By participating in The Telling Project, the council’s website notes that the veterans are helping bridge a communications gap with an American society in which less than one percent has served in uniform over the past dozen years of war.

In the spring of 2017, the Telling Project took place in Naples and in Fort Myers.


  • Telling: Gainesville – Five Gainesville-area veterans, including a two-time purple heart recipient shared their personal stories of service (November 2016)
  • Telling: Orlando – Four Orlando-area veterans and a Gold Star mother shared stories of life and the military (September 2016)
  • Telling: Pensacola – Six Pensacola-area veterans shared their own stories of life and the military (November 2015)
  • Telling: Tampa Bay – Six veterans and one military wife told their personal stories (March & April 2015)