The discovery of more than 100 letters and correspondence from WWII brought unexpected insights and connections for Corinne Smith.
In May 2017, she found her mother's stash of letters from 16 servicemen that she had corresponded with in 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 is a 90 minute presentation with slides. The museum opens at 1:00 and the presentation begins at 1:10. Admission is free.
Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Franklin Food Pantry. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. Our gift shop is open and Franklin Common Gazebo ornaments are available while they last.
|"Reconstructing History and Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters" - Nov 10|
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