Presentation / Discussion:
Reconstructing History &
Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters
Corinne's discovery of more than
100 letters brought unexpected insights and connections.
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 talk with
computer slides. Based on the blog,
"On February 15, 2018, The
Friends of the Sharon Public Library sponsored a wonderful program which was
hosted by the Sharon Public Library Veteran's Club. Author Corinne H. Smith
presented a program on WWII Letters. Her presentation provided a fascinating
look into the lives of soldiers and their families while they were stationed
overseas. The research and outcomes were astounding and the audience was
able to relate through their own experiences. We are grateful to Corinne for
sharing this incredible story." ~ Lee Ann Amend and Ed Amend, Sharon,
Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters, Corinne's
presentation, Dover Free Library, Dover, Vermont, August 24, 2018. Recorded
by Brattleboro TV.
The Jerry Caruso Comedy Hour, Orange, Massachusetts, June 14, 2018.
Recorded by AOTV. Corinne talks with Jerry about the letters and her
H. Smith, Mom's WWII Letters." Interview with Travis of the K-Zone, WPKZ
radio, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, April 5, 2019.
educates the community on genealogy through letters." By Carling Willis,
The Reminder (West Springfield, Massachusetts), May 7, 2019.
Connects History and Genealogy," by Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer
(Vermont), July 27, 2018.
Finds Trove of WWII V-Mail from Allentown Soldiers," by Christina Tatu,
The Morning Call (Allentown, Penna.), June 27, 2017.
Some of Mom's WWII letters, found in an
old family box.