Your family could be part of the Ashtabula Arts Center’s September/October gallery exhibit and have digital copies of your letters and photos included in a permanent archive at the Ashtabula County District Library.
In conjunction with the G.B. Community Theatre production of If All the Sky Were Paper, a play by author and historian Andrew Carroll about his global search for what he calls “the most extraordinary war letters ever written,” the arts center will have on exhibit this fall the wartime correspondence and photos of veterans and civilians from Ashtabula County. The Ashtabula County District Library is partnering with the arts center on this project and will be archiving all submissions digitally in their new Ashtabula Memory Project.
Submissions from any branch of service and any type of correspondence related to war or life in the military during wartime are appropriate for this exhibit. You can download the submission form here: Call for War Letters or get one at the front desk of the arts center. Take letters and photos to the main reference desk at the Ashtabula County District Library, 335 West 44th Street, Ashtabula, between July 5 and September 3 to be scanned and archived. This process will take only minutes and can be completed while you wait — the library will not need to keep any of your original documents.
To learn more about Andrew Carroll and The War Letters Project, visit Chapman University’s page for The Center for American War Letters here.