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'Dear Mary, Dear Luther': Jill Snyder Explores Family History Through Love Letters

Jill Snyder’s parents carried on a long-distance courtship through letters.

After her mother’s death, Snyder found these letters, and compiled them into a book, called Dear Mary, Dear Luther: A Courtship in Letters.

This hour, Snyder joins us to talk about her family’s story. It’s a lens into the lives of African Americans in the Northeast before the start of World War II.

Snyder tells us why it’s especially important for Black families to document their own family history.

Jill Snyder will be giving a virtual talk at the New Haven Museum on February 10, 2021, at 6 p.m. Viewers can watch the talk live on the New Haven Museum’s Facebook page. The presentation is based on Snyder’s book, Dear Mary, Dear Luther: A Courtship in Letters, which is available for purchasby emailing info@newhavenmuseum.org or calling 203-562-4183, ext. 119.


  • Jill Snyder - Author of Dear Mary, Dear Luther: A Courtship in Letters
  • Nora Galvin - Certified professional genealogist based in Northeast Connecticut

Cat Pastor contributed to this show which originally aired February 5, 2021.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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