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March 04, 2015

War Comes Home: The Legacy Comes to Gavilan College Library Exhibition Features Correspondence Revealing How War Changes Lives, Families, Communities

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[Gilroy, CA - 3/4/15]  Highlighting private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, new exhibition War Comes Home: The Legacy opens on March 16, 2015 at Gavilan College Library. The traveling exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier's homecoming.

 War Comes Home: The Legacy is part of Cal Humanities' current War Comes Home initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community. The exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL and an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.

The exhibition explores the joys and hardships that returning soldiers and their families face during homecoming, as expressed through private letters and email correspondence. Spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and displayed on thirteen interpretive panels, War Comes Home: The Legacy explores the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war. As Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres writes, "Those of us coming back...are not looking for sympathy. We might be reluctant at first to talk about what we've been through...[but] your support has made this journey an incredible one...Thanks, above all, for listening."

Gavilan College Library will also be hosting a grand opening event on Thursday March 19th with special guest speaker and co-curator of the exhibit, Andrew Carroll. Andrew will be sharing how he became involved in collecting war letters and why he is so passionate about preserving our collective history through private correspondence. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask Andrew questions. Andrew encourages local veterans to bring their own letters to donate to the Center for American War Letters. To find out more about the Center for American War Letters, please visit www.warletters.us.

 

This exhibition runs through April 24, 2015 and offers a self-guided audio tour. Gavilan College Library, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020, gavilan.edu/library, (408) 848-4810, M-Th 8am-8pm, Fridays 8am-3pm, closed Saturday & Sunday, free admission. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm, Gavilan College / Social Sciences Bldg. Room 210.

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Exhibition Support

War Comes Home: The Legacy is a partnership between Cal Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BayTree Fund, The Whitman Fund, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Learn more about Exhibit Envoy at www.exhibitenvoy.org and about Cal Humanities at www.calhum.org.

 

 

Calendar Listing: War Comes Home: The Legacy Exhibition, March 16 - April 24, 2015, at Gavilan College Library, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020, gavilan.edu/library, (408) 848-4810, M-Th 8am-8pm, Fridays 8am-3pm, closed Saturday & Sunday, free admission. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm, Gavilan College / Social Sciences Bldg. Room 210. This exhibition highlights private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history to offer insights into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and families upon their homecoming.

 

 


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