In 2015, in the process of cleaning out the estate of a family friend, my parents came across a nondescript brown paper grocery bag headed for the trash. It contained the letters and paperwork of a Michigan couple named William and Grace Foote. In 1918, Will shipped out for France with the Y.M.C.A. Over the next year, he sent home dozens of letters that his wife Grace carefully preserved. Those letters tell stories of everyday life in France, of petty quarrels and minor ambitions, and of a world war.
You can follow these stories, day by day, a century after they happened, at Will, Grace, and World War One.