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.
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:
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.