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Letters from the Berkeley Home Front

March 26, 2017 from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Light refreshments provided.

Americans have been writing letters from the home front to the battle front since the American colonies began. “Berkeley Home Front” exhibit curators Steve Finacom and Phyllis Gale have collected some 500 letters from two Berkeley families to their loved ones in combat during World Wars I and II.

Phyllis collected the letters to James Fahey (World War II). They represent the intimate family details that keep a soldier connected to his family, including love letters. Steve collected letters to Donald Gregory (World War I) from his family.  These letters share the larger community activities with him along with family news.   

Join Steve and Phyllis to hear how the mail was delivered to soldiers during the World Wars, government censorship, and readings from the letters.  Afterwards there will be time for questions and sharing your own family letter if you bring one along.

 

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