Saturday, July 14, 2018

Introducing Will, Grace, and World War One

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.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic discovery and a wonderful use of the letters. Thanks for sharing.

    In case you hadn't seen this before, here is a link to a similar project, focused on the WWI letters home of Harry Lamin, serving in the 9th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.