November 14 at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm
Free with Museum admission
Ages 8 and up
No cases, just the artifacts! Take your family behind the scenes to explore documents and objects that made history up close—just like a historian.
Please join us for this unique opportunity to experience history and view Gilder Lehrman Collection documents. These programs are free with Museum admission, but reservations are highly recommended as space is limited to 12 people per session. To reserve your spot, click here.
This month, Beth Huffer, Curator of Books and Manuscripts, will lead conversations with families about soldiers’ letters.
The Gilder Lehrman Collection contains more than 15,000 letters written by servicemen from the American Revolution through World War II. These personal letters, largely unpublished, capture the experience of the common soldier and his relationships with family and friends.
Most people think of the soldier’s experience solely in terms of battles and the politics of war, and many are surprised to learn that soldiers’ letters focus on family, friends, food, and events at home, as well as battles and their aftermath. The letters also convey the human experience of war in a way that cannot be captured by a textbook.