PCI Oral History Project Update 06.22.2022


This revised memo is to clarify that the the Ohio Oral History Project has been placed on hold and for all who have participated in giving your story, thank you. We will have more information on this project after our Department Convention. Please contact Department Headquarters at 740-362-7478 for question or concerns. Thank you for your service

Eric J Hall
Department Adjutant

PCI Oral History Project Announcement

The American Legion Department of Ohio is partnering with Publishing Concepts (PCI) for our ongoing Oral History Project starting around June 1st 2022. You may receive a phone call or email or perhaps a postcard in the mail to verify your membership to the Legion and have the opportunity to update your contact information if needed. A PCI representative will then humbly ask if you would be willing to share a story from your service (military or Legion) that will go into a massive text-type book that will be used to share our collective history to prospective new members and with each other that highlight our proud heritage and legacy with the Legion. Please remember while participation is encouraged for the success of this project, it is totally optional and has been approved at the National HQ level, with a few other state Departments already participating in this program. Click on the ‘Read More’ section below for some Frequently Asked Questions to find out more, and a sincere thank you for your time.

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Frequently Asked Questions by Members


  1. I received an email/postcard/phone call asking for my personal information and a story about American Legion Department of Ohio. Tell me more about the project.

It’s legit! We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for American Legion Department of Ohio. PCI is a family owned business based in Dallas, TX that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, and military organizations across the nation for over 100 years. This project allows American Legion Department of Ohio to hear about your personal experiences and explain how American Legion Department of Ohio has helped shape your lives.


  1. Does American Legion Department of Ohio benefit from this at all?

Yes, in a few different ways:

  • Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage members
  • Legacy – sharing and collecting stories preserves the history of our organization
  • Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our organization


  1. How do I know my information will only be used for Oral History Project purposes?

PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Oral History Project will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Oral History Project and except as required by court order or law. Upon completion of the project, PCI will redact PII (Personal Identifiable Information) from any and all electronic files that we have supplied or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Oral History Project.


  1. I would like to verify or update my information and share a story. How may I do this?
  • If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Oral History Project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, and then ask you to share your story about your time at American Legion Department of Ohio. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to American Legion Department of Ohio at the conclusion of the project.
  • If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information and submit a story.
  • If you did not receive a postcard or email, you may call the dedicated American Legion Department of Ohio update line at 1-877-509-4574.


  1. Can I choose what information prints in the publication?

The only information that is included in the publication is your name, highest rank, and branch of service along with your story and photo. No contact information is printed. When you call to update your contact information, it will only be used to update your member record for American Legion Department of Ohio. You may revoke consent for your story and/or photo to appear any time before November 25, 2022 by contacting PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / customerservice@publishingconcepts.com.


  1. I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share.

You can call back at any time before November 25, 2022 to share your story.


  1. I shared a story and the representative said I could send a photo. How do I do this?

You will receive an email with a link to upload one photo (black and white or color) plus a caption.

If you have also purchased a book but do not have an email address on file, you will be sent a photo mailer to send a physical photo in to be printed (note: the photo will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).


  1. Can anyone purchase a book?

The American Legion Department of Ohio Oral History Publication is available for sale only to American Legion Department of Ohio members.


  1. When will I receive my book?

The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12-14 months. Since we began the project in late May 2022, the books will be distributed in May-July 2023.


  1. I ordered a book / package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?

Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this