Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters
Corinne’s discovery of more than 100 letters brought unexpected insights and connections.
In May 2017, she found her mother’s stash of letters from 16 servicemen that she had corresponded between 1944-1945. Most of the men were from her mother’s hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, or from her college roommate’s hometown of Trenton, New Jersey. Nearly all of the writers were now gone and could no longer offer information or explanations for what they had written. Corinne began to trace the soldiers’ family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children. Learn about her on-going project, and hear some of the stories of the men, their experiences, and what their relatives have to say today. This presentation links history and genealogy to present-day research and diligence. It revisits a time that we may not want to forget. And it may prompt audience members to wonder for themselves what treasures may be lurking in their own old family boxes — and how they can share the information with others.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amesbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency and the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.
Registration is required. A ZOOM link will be sent to you on the day of the program.