Letters Exhibit

Other Letters From The Legacy Project's Archives

Since 1998, Americans have shared with the Legacy Project tens of thousands of letters (and now e-mails) from every conflict in our nation’s history. Over the past several years we have been working with different museums, documentary companies, historical organizations, and similar institutions to make these letters available to the general public. All of the websites below feature wartime correspondences from the Legacy Project’s archives.

In partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Insitute of American History, the Legacy Project is exhibiting letters and audio recordings of the correspondences at: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/battlelines.

PBS produced a critically-acclaimed documentary titled "War Letters," based on Andrew Carroll's national bestseller of the same name, and letters featured in that program can be seen at:
http://www.pbs.org/amex/warletters (click the link that says "Featured Letters").

History Channel also produced a documentary, "Dear Home," based on World War II letters in the Legacy Project's collection, and many of these letters can be found at:

Over the past several years, original letters and transcripts of wartime correspondences from the Legacy Project's collection have been displayed in local and national museums throughout the U.S., including the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, as well as on memorials that pay tribute to those who serve. (To read an article about "Letters Home" — A Veteran's Memorial in Temecula, CA, please visit: http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/11/08/news/californian/11_7_0420_47_16.txt.)

On November 11th (Veterans Day), 2005, the Legacy Project launched "WAR LETTERS: Lost & Found" in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. The theme of the exhibit is letters written in times of war that were lost or discarded by the recipients and then found by total strangers years or even decades later. Original letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam that were discovered in old barns, homes being rebuilt for new tenants, garbage bins, as well as at flea markets and estate sales are all featured. For an on-line version of the exhibit, please visit: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/WarLetters/.