Literary Arts

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April 6, 2017 - December 2, 2018

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service. My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I was created by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in collaboration with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.

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The Man, His Life and His Work
Ray Bradbury wrote numerous books, articles, poems and short stories and is remembered as one of the great science fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th century.

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November 11, 2005 - November 13, 2006

War Letters: Lost and Found featured original letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam that were lost or abandoned and then rediscovered by strangers.

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Pens & the Post Go Hand-in-Hand on May 29th

When a Postal Museum volunteer brought a handful of World War II era pens to a Postal Museum program, something magical happened. Kids, parents, and grandparents at the letter writing table were thrilled to write their letters with authentic pens from the era.

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