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Million Letters Campaign

“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.

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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
1:00 p.m.
Official kick-off event for the “Million Letters Campaign”
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University Campus
Orange, CA 92866

MONDAY APRIL 3 - WASHINGTON, DC
The Newseum
7:00 p.m.
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 292-6100
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
6:00 pm
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 633-5555
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
2:00 p.m.
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-2288
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
7:00 p.m.
2 Memorial Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64801
(816) 888-8100
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
(816) 254-2720
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
2:30 p.m.
3245 North 124 St.
Brookfield, WI
(262) 781-0488
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)
2:00 p.m.
7301 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 470-7050

TUESDAY APRIL 25 - CHICAGO, IL
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
6:00 p.m.
104 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 374-9333
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
8:00 p.m.
130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000

THURSDAY APRIL 27 - MILTON, GA
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System/Milton Branch
1:30 p.m.
855 Mayfield Road
Milton, GA 30009
(404) 613-4402

SUNDAY APRIL 30 - STONINGTON, CT
La Grua Center
5:00 p.m.
32 Water St.
Stonington, CT 06378
(860) 535-2300

MONDAY MAY 1 - GROTON, CT
Groton Public Library
7:00 P.M.
52 Newtown Road
Groton, CT 06340
(860) 441-6750

TUESDAY MAY 2 – HARTFORD, CT
Hartford Public Library
5:30 p.m.
500 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 695-6300

WEDNESDAY MAY 3 – NEW HAVEN, CT
New Haven Museum and Historical Society
5:30 p.m.
114 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 562-4183

SATURDAY MAY 6 – NEW YORK, NY
Columbia University Bookstore
2:00 p.m.
2922 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-4131

WEDNESDAY MAY 10 - NORFOLK, VA
MacArthur Memorial
7:00 p.m.
198 Bank St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 441-2965

SATURDAY MAY 13 - MIAMI/CORAL CABLES, FL
Coral Gables Public Library
1:00 p.m.
3443 Segovia St, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-8706
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
6:00 p.m.
1310 South 3rd St.
Louisville, KY  40208
(502) 635-5083

SATURDAY MAY 20 (ARMED FORCES DAY) - BOSTON, MA
Massachusetts Historical Society
2:00 pm
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-1608
Additional comments: Please RSVP to programs@masshist.org

SUNDAY MAY 21 - MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
4:00 p.m.
23 Main St.
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
(508) 693-1608

TUESDAY MAY 23 - NANTUCKET, MA
Sherburne Commons
5:00 p.m.
40 Sherburne Commons
Nantucket, MA 02554

WEDNESDAY MAY 25 - NANTUCKET, MA
Nantucket Rotary Club
12:00 noon
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
Nantucket Atheneum
5:30 pm
1 India Street
Nantucket, MA 02584
(508) 228-1110

THURSDAY JUNE 1 - TRURO, MA
Highland House Museum
7:00 p.m.
6 Highland Light Road
North Truro, MA 02652
(508) 487-3397

SATURDAY JUNE 10 - SAN ANTONIO, TX
Private event.

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
2:00 p.m.
164 King St.
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-9912
Additional comments: Please RSVP to Dutch Reutter at: dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org. 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
2:00 p.m.
Houston Public Library
5300 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
(832) 393-2600

SATURDAY JUNE 24 - SEATTLE, WA
Elliott Bay Book Company
7:00 p.m.
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600
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)
7:00 p.m.
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 228-4651

THURSDAY JUNE 29 through WEDNESDAY JULY 5 - SAN DIEGO, CA
San Diego County Office of Education
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
6401 Linda Vista Rd. 
San Diego, CA 92111
(July 5th event details)

TUESDAY JULY 11 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
San Francisco Public Library / Presidio Branch
7:00 p.m.
3150 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 355-2880
Additional comments: This is a particularly special event because it was here, at the Presidio, that General John Pershing suffered a catastrophic loss of four family members in a house fire. Andrew Carroll has acquired original, previously unpublished letters by Pershing about the grief he was experiencing, and Carroll will have these letters at the event.

THURSDAY JULY 13 – SACRAMENTO, CA
Elks Lodge #6
1:00 p.m.
6446 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95831
Additional comments: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to: (916) 422-6666.

SATURDAY JULY 15 - BEAUMONT/PALM SPRINGS, CA
Beaumont Public Library
2:00 p.m.
125 E 8th St.
Beaumont, CA 92223
(951) 845-1357

MONDAY AUGUST 21 – PALMYRA / HERSHEY, PA
Traditions of Hershey
3:00 p.m.
100 North Larkspur Drive
Palmyra, PA
(717) 838-2330
Additional comments: RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10 – RALEIGH, NC
North Carolina Museum of History
2:00 p.m.
5 East Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC
(919) 807-7900
Additional comments: For more information, please go to: www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 13 – GROVE, OK
Grove, Oklahoma Rotary Club
12:00 noon- 1:15 pm
First United Methodist Church- West Wing
1005 Leisure Rd
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 786 5871
Additional comments: This event is for Rotary Club members and press only. Please call for lunch reservation. This is the first of five events that Andrew Carroll will be having in Grove, and the last two—on the evening of September 15th and the morning of September 16 (see below)—are open to the public.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14 – GROVE, OK
Grove Community Center
12:00 p.m.
104 W. 3rd St
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 786 9079
Additional comments: This event is for Chamber members and the press only. Please visit cityofgroveok.gov for directions and call for lunch reservation.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 — GROVE, OK
Grove Public Schools, Performing Arts Center
11:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
300 Ford Road
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 786 2207 Ext 3
Additional comments: This event is for the high school students, but family members of students who have war letters to share are also welcome.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 — GROVE, OK
The Playmakers Theatre
Opening Night: “If All The Sky Were Paper”
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
121 W. 3rd St
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 786 8950 (box office)
groveplaymakers.com
Additional comments: This is the first of ten performances of Andrew Carroll’s play, “If All the Sky Were Paper” in Grove, OK. View a video trailer of the play: https://vimeo.com/pantherproductions/review/126203521/8a1d278e53.) Reservations are required, and please call for dates and times.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 — GROVE, OK
Grove Community Center
10:00 a.m.
104 W. 3rd St.
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 786 5871
Additional comments: This event is free and open to the public.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26 - LAS VEGAS, NV
Windmill Public Library
1:00 p.m.
7060 W. Windmill Ln.
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 734-7323

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 — SACRAMENTO, CA
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 67
12:00 p.m.
2784 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Additional comments: This event is open to the public and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees, especially if they use a wheelchair, are encouraged to RSVP to: vacsac1921@gmail.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 — COLUMBIA, MO
The State Historical Society of Missouri / Center for Missouri Studies
1:00 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center
3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
Additional notes: The event is open to the public, but attendeees must register with the State Historical Society of Missouri: (573) 882-7083; contact@shsmo.org; shsmo.org. 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 24 – DETROIT/LIVONIA, MI
Michigan Treasure Hunters Club
7:30 p.m.
30650 Six Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48151
Additional comments: Although this event is organized by the Michigan Treasure Hunters Club (http://www.michigantreasurehunters.com), members of the general public are welcome to attend as well. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 - CHARLESTON, SC
USS Yorktown
7:00 p.m.
40 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14 – NAPLES, FL
Hodges University/John White Community Room
1:00 p.m.
2647 Professional Way
Naples, FL 34119
Additional comments: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Katharine Sittler: ksittler@hodges.edu (239-596-6140) or: Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning cll@hodges.edu (239-596-6143).

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 – SEMINOLE, FL
Seminole Historical Society and Museum
7:00 p.m.
7464 Ridge Rd.
Seminole, FL 33772
(727) 399-0587
Additional comments: A high priority of the “Million Letters Campaign” is to seek out war correspondences by Native Americans, who have one of the highest military enlistment rates of any minority community in the United States. Native American-related museums, historical societies, and tribal meetings are especially encouraged to contact Andrew Carroll (warletters@chapman.edu) to set up events and/or help spread the word about the Center for American War Letters (warletters.us) and its mission. At every venue, Carroll talks about the contributions made by Native American soldiers throughout U.S. history.