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Since 1945, millions of Americans have served in the U.S. armed forces, and millions more are family members, civilian employees, and neighbors of military base communities.  The global U.S. military basing system includes approximately800 installations in the United States and across the world. The stories of people who spent time on these bases are an important part of American history.

 The MLMP is a crowd-sourced collection of first-person stories, photos, audio, video, and text documents detailing life on and around American military bases in the United States and overseas.  The project will allow members of the military community, scholars, and the public to learn firsthand what daily life was and is like on these bases.  The archive will serve as a permanent collection for researchers and future historians who wish to study this unique subculture. It is searchable using tags and metadata.


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Project Director

Anni Cecil is a Professor of History at Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a military family member. She teaches undergraduate courses on European and U.S. military history, and is the author of numerous books and articles on U.S. military bases overseas and on life in U.S. military communities.  She is currently working on a book on Army wives living and traveling with the Army on the western frontier of the United States and in the Pacific between the Civil War and World War II.

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Research Assistant

Khalifa Al-Ghanim is a Political Science major at Wheaton College (MA) and is an administrative contributor to the website. Since 2015 he has been a Wheaton Research Partner helping to build the site.

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Project Manager & Front-End Developer

Alicia Peaker is the Digital Scholarship Specialist at Bryn Mawr College. She has previously worked as the Mellon CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College, the Co-Director for Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, the Project Manager for The Women Writers Project, and the Development Editor at Inside Higher Ed’s GradHacker.