Preserving Our History One Letter at a Time
When was the last time you sent a letter? Not an email, but a real, tangible piece of mail? If your answer is "not recently," you’re not alone.
Except for the occasional birthday or holiday card, most of us haven’t sent -- or received -- good, old-fashioned snail mail in a very long time.
Instead we text; we tweet; we post on each other’s Facebook walls. But in our quest for instant communication, have we lost touch with the joy -- the intimacy -- of handwritten correspondence?
This hour, we take a look at the history and art of letter-writing. We learn about some rare, 17th-century letters tracked down by a local historian. We also talk to the director of one of the nation's largest collections of war letters, and find out how a Toronto-based initiative is getting people to write love letters to their cities.
- Patrick Skahill - WNPR reporter and host of The Beaker
- Jana Dambrogio - Thomas F. Peterson conservator at MIT Libraries
- Andrew Carroll - Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University
- Lindsay Zier-Vogel - Writer and founder of The Love Lettering Project
JohnDankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.