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Start going through your family letters from, or to, those who served in any American war, from the American Revolution to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In April, 2017 Andrew Carroll embarked on the “Million Letters Campaign” to seek out and preserve at least one million war-related correspondences from every conflict in U.S. history, from handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan. He is traveling throughout the country and speaking at libraries, schools, historical societies, museums, veterans’ organizations, military academies, civic clubs, places of worship, and similar venues to spread the word about why these writings are so important and, ideally, to encourage people to donate their war-related correspondences to “Center for American War Letters” so that they will be preserved forever.

He will make Grove his only stop in Oklahoma on this cross country campaign, in conjunction with the opening of his play in Grove, If All the Sky Were Paper, which contains some of the most extraordinary war letters ever written. It opens at The Playmakers on September 15, and runs for 10 performances, Sept 15-Oct 1, 2017; Fridays, Saturdays, Tuesdays, 7:30 pm; Sunday matinees, 2:00 pm Adult tickets, $15; Students, UE –college, $8. Discounted tickets will be available for Veterans by phone reservations only (918-786-8950). Group rates for 20 or more people are also available. Mr. Carroll will attend the opening night.
See: for more specifics about the play.

Andrew Carroll, American author, editor, activist, and historian, founded the Legacy Project in 1998, an all-volunteer initiative that honors veterans and active-duty troops by preserving their wartime correspondence. He traveled to all 50 states and more than 40 countries to collect some 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and emails) from every war in U.S. history. The Legacy Project has been re-named “The Center for American War Letters,” and is part of Chapman University in Orange, California, where the letters are not only preserved, but also where they are shared with the public in a permanent exhibit.  See:

“There has, I believe, never been a coordinated initiative of this size and scope to save American war-related letters and emails,” Carroll says. “These correspondences help us to honor and remember the troops, veterans, and military family members who have served this nation—these are their words, their voices, and no one can tell their stories better than they can. I also hope this campaign encourages people to write letters to their loved ones about their wartime experiences, even if they relate to events that happened years ago.”

You may bring your letters, either the originals or photocopies, to Mr. Carroll during his visit to Grove. To see what he accepts, see

He will be at the Grove Community Center on Saturday, Sept 16, from 10:00- 1:00. His appearance there is in collaboration with “Paper the Town with Art,” an arts festival sponsored by the new Grove Springs Cultural District. See Facebook: Grove Springs Cultural District.

Watch The Playmakers’ Facebook page (Grove Playmakers Theatre) for other possible times to meet with Mr. Carroll that are still being planned.

Mr. Carroll is best known as the author of the 1999 New York Times best-selling Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters and the 2001 New York Times best-selling book War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars which was later turned into an episode of the television program American Experience.

His book, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, inspired the film Operation Homecoming, which was nominated for an Oscar and won Emmy Awards in 2007 for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound” and “Outstanding Informational Programming—Long Form.”

A more recent book, Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History chronicles eye-opening and at times hilarious attempts to “find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived…Carroll wondered how many unmarked places there are where intriguing events have unfolded and that we walk past every day, not realizing their significance?”

His latest book is "My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War.  Apr 4, 2017


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