World War II veterans are an ever-shrinking population. While most living veterans are well into their 90s, many of their stories have not been told. Salvatore J. Indiviglia was 99 when he passed on May 28, 2018. According to an article from the Pew Research Center, “The [Department of Veteran’s Affairs] projections show that between Sept. 30, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020, 245 WWII veterans are expected to be lost each day” (Schaeffer 2020). Thus, it is more crucial than ever to record as many of their stories and experiences as possible before they are lost for good. However, sometimes their stories live on through the work they have done throughout their lives. I was able to find his story through the paintings he has left behind and the organizations he was a part of. Salvatore J. Indiviglia was a resident of Franklin Square, New York for 68 years, a veteran of World War II, and a prolific artist whose work is displayed in numerous places, most notably, in the Franklin Square Public Library (Newsday 2018).
The Creative Clubhouse, founded by Library
Technician Eric Jones in August 2016, is a group of adults with varying levels
of abilities who meet twice per month at the San Diego County Library in
Lakeside, California to explore their creative talents through art.
The Cold War is defined as a period of hostility and political
tension between the Soviet Union and the United States of America from after
World War II in 1945 through 1990, when the Berlin Wall fell (Halperin and
Woods 1990). This era was certainly a trying time for world leaders, diplomats,
politicians, and the military. But how did ordinary people in Bergen County,
New Jersey handle the looming threat of Nuclear War?