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War Comes Home Exhibit



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.

Exhibition October 26 - December 4, 2015

Exhibition Description:

Through private correspondence from almost every major conflicts in U.S. history—from the Civil War era through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the War Comes Home exhibition offers an intimate perspective on how war can shape a life, a family, a community. This exhibition is a partnership with Cal Humanities and is a part of its War Comes Home initiative.

The exhibition is divided into the following sections with names of letter writers for each section: 

  • The War Experience: Perception vs. Reality
    Major Oscar Mitchell
    Lieutenant Kathy McConkey
  • Far From Home: Wartime Separation
    Corporal Porfirio Navarro
    Staff Sergeant Sharon McBride
  • A New Normal: Adjusting to Life at Home
    Lila Oliver
    Lieutenant Commander Todd Vorenkamp
  • Enduring Loss: The Costs of War
    Anonymous Vietnam Veteran
    Lance Corporal Nathan Wood
  • Reflections: Before and After
    General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
    Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres
  • A New Mission: Coming Home
    Lieutenant Lewis Plush

Within each section, the exhibition pairs a historic letter with a contemporary letter or email to demonstrate the range of experiences our military members face as they transition from deployment to home.

It will feature an audio component of actors reading the letters both in English and with Spanish translation to increase the accessibility to the exhibition content.