On the Web

In partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Insitute of American History, the Legacy Project is exhibiting letters from its collection on-line. To see these letters, please visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/battlelines.

PBS produced a critically-acclaimed documentary titled "War Letters," based on Andrew Carroll's New York Times 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:


In Museums and on Memorials

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 click here.)

On November 11th (Veterans Day), 2005, the Legacy Project will launch "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 will all be featured. The letters were discovered in old barns, homes being rebuilt for new tenants, garbage bins, as well as at flea markets and estate sales. All of these letters would have been lost forever if someone had not made an effort to save them.

For more information, please click here.

There will be an on-line component to the exhibition, and the actual letters will be on display at the National Postal Museum beginning November 11th, 2005.

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, DC
Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000