“Million Letters Campaign”
Starting in April 2017, historian Andrew Carroll embarked on the “Million Letters Campaign” to seek out and preserve at least 1,000,000 war-related correspondences from every conflict in U.S. history, from handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Carroll is the founding director of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) at Chapman University, and he will be traveling throughout the country and speaking at libraries, historical societies, museums, veterans’ organizations, military academies, civic clubs, places of worship, book stores, and similar venues to spread the word about why these writings are so important and, ideally, to encourage people to donate their war-related correspondences so that they will be preserved forever.
“These letters and emails help us to honor and remember the troops, veterans, and military family members who have served this nation. These are their words, their stories, their voices,” says Carroll, “and no one can tell their stories better than they can. I also hope this project will encourage service members and veterans to write letters to their loved ones about their experiences, even if they relate to events that happened years or even decades ago.”
Original letters are preferred, but photocopies and scans are also gladly appreciated.
Please note that all events listed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. All events are approximately 90 minutes long, and Andrew Carroll will talk about his most recent book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War (Penguin), as well as the “Million Letters Campaign” and the extraordinary correspondences that people have already shared with the Center for American War Letters. Each talk lasts about one hour, including a Q&A period with the audience, followed by at least 30 minutes in which Andrew Carroll will sign books and spend personal time with individual veterans, troops, and military family members. More events will be posted as they are confirmed.
SATURDAY APRIL 1 - ORANGE, CA
Chapman University/Center for American War Letters
Official kick-off event for the “Million Letters Campaign”
Chapman University Campus
Orange, CA 92866
MONDAY APRIL 3 - WASHINGTON, DC
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Additional comments: The Newseum event is organized by PBS to promote their new film “The Great War,” in which Carroll is interviewed on-screen. The full six-hour, three-part film will air on April 10, 11, and 12.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 5 - WASHINGTON, DC
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Additional comments: This is the kick-off event for the “My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from WWI” exhibit at the National Postal Museum. https://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/My-Fellow-Soldiers-Letters-from-World-War-I-6112
SATURDAY APRIL 8 - ST. LOUIS, MO
St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Additional comments: At this event, Andrew Carroll will donate a special gift to the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site (accepting the gift on behalf of the Home is historic site specialist Denzil Heaney).
WEDNESDAY APRIL 12 - KANSAS CITY, MO
The National World War I Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64801
Additional comments: Andrew Carroll will discuss his new book My Fellow Soldiers, with a special emphasis on the previously unpublished material he found in the National World War I Museum and Memorial archives with the help of the Museum’s archivists. Admission is $35 and includes one autographed hardcover of My Fellow Soldiers, one stamped autographing admission ticket, and an additional guest admission ticket, if desired. A free admission ticket is also available to Museum members, but does not include a copy of the book.
THURSDAY APRIL 13 - INDEPENDENCE, MO
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
2 p.m. and 6 p.m. presentations
223 N. Main Street
Independence, MO 64050
Additional comments: Harry Truman plays a prominent role in Andrew Carroll’s My Fellow Soldiers, and Carroll will emphasize Truman’s dramatic experiences in the war, talk about how it affected his presidency, and tell other little-known stories about Truman’s war-related experiences.
SATURDAY APRIL 15 - MILWAUKEE/BROOKFIELD, WI
American Legion Post 449
3245 North 124 St.
Additional comments: Although the event is hosted by the American Legion 449, people who are not members of the American Legion are welcome to attend.
THURSDAY APRIL 19 & FRIDAY APRIL 20 - COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Private events with cadets and instructors at the
United States Air Force Academy
SATURDAY APRIL 22 - DENVER/LITTLETON, CO
Tattered Cover Book Store
(Please note that this is the location in Aspen Grove)
7301 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton, CO 80120
TUESDAY APRIL 25 - CHICAGO, IL
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
104 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
Additional comments: The event is free for members of the Pritzker Museum; tickets are $10 for nonmembers. For more information: http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/andrew-carroll-my-fellow-soldiers/
WEDNESDAY APRIL 26 - ATLANTA, GA
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
THURSDAY APRIL 27 - MILTON, GA
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System/Milton Branch
855 Mayfield Road
Milton, GA 30009
SUNDAY APRIL 30 - STONINGTON, CT
La Grua Center
32 Water St.
Stonington, CT 06378
MONDAY MAY 1 - GROTON, CT
Groton Public Library
52 Newtown Road
Groton, CT 06340
TUESDAY MAY 2 – HARTFORD, CT
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
WEDNESDAY MAY 3 – NEW HAVEN, CT
New Haven Museum and Historical Society
114 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510
SATURDAY MAY 6 – NEW YORK, NY
Columbia University Bookstore
New York, NY 10027
WEDNESDAY MAY 10 - NORFOLK, VA
198 Bank St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
SATURDAY MAY 13 - MIAMI/CORAL CABLES, FL
Coral Gables Public Library
3443 Segovia St, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Additional comments: The Coral Gables Library cannot sell books. For those interested in having a copy of My Fellow Soldiers signed by Andrew Carroll, please visit Books and Books (265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134; 305-442-4408) before the event. The book can also be purchased online or from other stores, but Books and Books is the preferred vendor for this event.
TUESDAY MAY 16 - LOUISVILLE, KY
Carmichael’s Books at the
Filson Historical Society
1310 South 3rd St.
Louisville, KY 40208
SATURDAY MAY 20 (ARMED FORCES DAY) - BOSTON, MA
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Additional comments: Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY MAY 21 - MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
23 Main St.
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
TUESDAY MAY 23 - NANTUCKET, MA
40 Sherburne Commons
Nantucket, MA 02554
WEDNESDAY MAY 25 - NANTUCKET, MA
Nantucket Rotary Club
Additional comments: Please note that this event is only open to members of the Nantucket Rotary Club. (The event later this evening, at the Nantucket Atheneum--see next entry--is free and open to the public.)
WEDNESDAY MAY 25 - NANTUCKET, MA
1 India Street
Nantucket, MA 02584
THURSDAY JUNE 1 - TRURO, MA
Highland House Museum
6 Highland Light Road
North Truro, MA 02652
SATURDAY JUNE 10 - SAN ANTONIO, TX
MONDAY JUNE 12 - PENTAGON
This event will only be open to civilians and members of the military who work at the Pentagon. Details to come.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 14 (FLAG DAY) - CHARLESTON, SC
Charleston Library Society
164 King St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Additional comments: Please RSVP to Dutch Reutter at: email@example.com. Also, Carroll will be returning to Charleston, SC, on November, for a massive event on the USS Yorktown (40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464) to conclude the 2017 portion of the “Million Letters Campaign.” (The 2018 schedule will be posted later. Please see the November 9, 2017, entry below about the return to Charleston.)
SATURDAY JUNE 17 - HOUSTON, TX
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
Houston Public Library
5300 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
SATURDAY JUNE 24 - SEATTLE, WA
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Additional comments: Ed Hrivnak, author of WOUNDED: A Legacy of Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be joining author Andrew Carroll to discuss his service as an Air Force medical officer treating wounded U.S. troops during the Iraq war.
MONDAY JUNE 26 - PORTLAND, OR
Powell’s Book Store
(Please note that this is the location at Cedar Hills Crossing)
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
THURSDAY JUNE 29 through WEDNESDAY JULY 5 - SAN DIEGO, CA
(Event details to come.)
SATURDAY JULY 15 - BEAUMONT/PALM SPRINGS, CA
Beaumont Public Library
125 E 8th St.
Beaumont, CA 92223
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26 - LAS VEGAS, NV
Windmill Public Library
7060 W. Windmill Ln.
Las Vegas, NV 89113
THURSDAY OCTOBER 5 - WASHINGTON, DC
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
“History After Hours” Program
Additional comments: This event is scheduled to coincide with next rotation of the “My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from WWI” exhibit at the National Postal Museum. https://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/My-Fellow-Soldiers-Letters-from-World-War-I-6112
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 - CHARLESTON, SC
40 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464