War Letters Becomes Museum’s New Campaign

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A special museum presentation has ignited a “historical” event in Longview, Texas.

After special guest Andrew Carroll spoke in July in Longview about his work to collect and put on display war letters written home by American soldiers from various wars over the years, the community expressed great interest. Carroll is a New York Times bestselling author and founding director of the Center for American War Letters.

The Gregg County Historical Museum decided to host an exhibit of war letters loaned to them by area residents. The letters will be on display, along with uniforms and other memorabilia, through September 29.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for students. The museum is at 214 North Fredonia Street.

In October, Preservation Longview will be sending war letters donated by East Texans to the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. Either originals or copies are acceptable, including digital sources. People who have letters written in any war are encouraged to donate them so the letters can be added to the larger collection in telling their part of the story of our country's history.

For more information, email info@preservationlongview.com.

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