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War Comes Home: The Legacy

AUDIENCE: General

RENTAL FEE: $1,000 + shipping for an 8-week booking

SIZE: 42' total linear feet; 13 freestanding banners @ 33'' w x 80'' h each

SECURITY: Limited

INSTALLATION IMAGES: View online here

California public libraries are eligible to bring this exhibition to their institution at NO cost! Email Amy Cohen at amy@exhibitenvoy.org to indicate your interest in hosting the exhibit and you'll be notified when the next round of applications are posted. Funding is courtesy of Veterans Connect @ the Library and the California State Library.

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"I’m coming home! I’m looking forward to seeing you again...but I’m in no hurry to see the expressions on your faces when you see me." - Private Al Puntasecca, letter to his family, 1953.

For veterans, returning home from war can be both an exhilarating and challenging experience. Through private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, War Comes Home offers insight into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon their homecoming. These intimate perspectives – from the Civil War era through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – reveal how war can shape a life, a family, and a community. This exhibition is a partnership with California Humanities and is a part of its War Comes Home initiative, which aims to raise awareness of and promote greater understanding of our veterans and explore the impact of war on our communities.

The exhibition is divided into five sections:

  • The War Experience: PERCEPTION VS REALITY
  • Far From Home: WARTIME SEPARATION
  • A New Normal: ADJUSTING TO LIFE AT HOME
  • Enduring Loss: THE COSTS OF WAR
  • Reflections: BEFORE AND AFTER
  • A New Mission: COMING HOME

Within each section, the exhibition pairs an historic letter with a contemporary letter or email to demonstrate the range of experiences military members face as they transition from deployment to home. Showcasing veterans and their families adjusting to civilian life together – or facing the long-term costs of war – these powerful letters explore feelings of grief, joy, doubt, and love, bringing the real experiences of war home to all of us.

The exhibition includes:

  • 13 freestanding exhibition panels, divided into five sections
  • Cell audio tour of the letters read in English and Spanish translation of the exhibit panels
  • Video featuring additional veteran interviews
  • Exhibition gallery guide
  • Exhibition press kit with digital images
  • Installation workshop

The exhibition is based on the collection the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and curated by Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL, and John Benitz, Professor, Chapman University. The freestanding panels provide a flexible layout, easy installation and designed to fit a variety of venue – libraries, museums, community centers, lobbies and government buildings. Three copies of the exhibition will begin touring in January 2015 and will tour for at least 3 years.

War Comes Home: The Legacy is a partnership between California Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy. 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.


TOP: American soldiers returning home on the Agamemnon, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1918, National World War I Museum. MIDDLE LEFT: Lieutenant Commander Todd Vorenkamp, courtesy LCDR Todd Vorenkamp, USN. MIDDLE RIGHT: U.S. Army Air Corps portrait of Major Oscar Mitchell, courtesy Andrew Carroll. BOTTOM: Staff Sergeant Sharon McBride with daughter. Courtesy Sharon McBride

SCHEDULE & AVAILABILITY:

January 18, 2015 – March 1, 2015
#1 - Mead Valley Library
#2 - San Francisco Public Library
#3 - EP Foster Library, Ventura
March 15, 2015 – April 26, 2015
#1 - Gavilian Collage, Gilroy
#2 - Sacramento Public Library
#3 - County of LA Public Library, Lancaster
May 10, 2015 – June 21, 2015
#1 - Evergreen Valley College, San Jose
#2 - City of Camarillo Public Library
#3 - Chapman University, Orange
July 5, 2015 – August 16, 2015
#1 - Vallejo Naval Museum
#2 - San Diego Public Library
#3 - LA Public Library, Central
August 30, 2015 – October 11, 2015
#1 - College of the Siskiyous Library, Weed
#2 - Tulare Historical Museum
#3 - San Leandro Public Library
October 25, 2015 – December 6, 2015
#1 - San Lorenzo Valley Museum, Bolder Creek
#2 - Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, Mahoney Library
#3 - Pierce College Library, Woodland Hills
December 20, 2015 – February 14, 2016
#1 - Inglewood Public Library
#2 - Oakland Public Library
#3 - Carmen Durazo Cultural Center, Camarena Memorial Library, Calexico
February 28, 2016 – April 24, 2016
#1 - Stanislaus County Library
#2 - Museum on Main, Pleasanton
#3 - Chula Vista Public Library
May 8, 2016 – July 3, 2016
#1 - Sacramento Public Library
#2 - California History Center, Cupertino
#3 - Arkansas Humanities Council
July 17, 2016 – September 11, 2016
#1 - AVAILABLE
#2 - AVAILABLE
#3 - Arkansas Humanities Council
September 25, 2016 – November 20, 2016
#1 - Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH
#2 - College of the Desert, Palm Desert
#3 - Arkansas Humanities Council
December 4, 2016 – January 29, 2017
#1 - Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries, Stockton
(Chavez Library; Manteca Library; Tracy Library)
#2 - Ovitt Family Community Library, Ontario
#3 - Arkansas Humanities Council
February 12, 2017 – April 9, 2017
#1 - Kings County Library, Hanford Branch
#2 - Museum of San Ramon Valley, Danville
#3 - Arkansas Humanities Council
April 23, 2017 – June 18, 2017
#1 - Veterans Home of California, Yountville
#2 - Moreno Valley Public Library
#3 - Oceanside Public Library
July 2, 2017 – August 27, 2017
#1 - AVAILABLE
#2 - Upland Public Library
#3 - AVAILABLE
September 10, 2017 – November 5, 2017
#1 - AVAILABLE
#2 - San Joaquin County Historical Museum, Lodi
#3 - AVAILABLE
November 19, 2017 – January 14, 2018
#1 - AVAILABLE
#2 - AVAILABLE
#3 - AVAILABLE


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