Home Events Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters

Date

Apr 05 2021

Time

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters

Monday Apr 5, 2021 4:30 PM  –  6:30 PM CST

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.

Corinne H. Smith is a writer and a poet who has worked as a librarian for more than 30 years. Along the way, she earned a degree in outdoor teacher education. She is the author of Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey, the first book to follow Henry Thoreau’s 1861 trip from Massachusetts to Minnesota; and a biography and activity book for middle-schoolers, Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, With 21 Activities. She lives in north-central Massachusetts. She works at The Shop at Walden Pond. She also serves as an interpreter and blog writer for Thoreau Farm: The Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau in Concord.is a writer and a poet who has worked as a librarian for more than 30 years. Along the way, she earned a degree in outdoor teacher education. She is the author of Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey, the first book to follow Henry Thoreau’s 1861 trip from Massachusetts to Minnesota; and a biography and activity book for middle-schoolers, Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, With 21 Activities. She lives in north-central Massachusetts. She works at The Shop at Walden Pond. She also serves as an interpreter and blog writer for Thoreau Farm: The Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau in Concord.

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.

Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters

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