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Two Digital Exhibits: “War Comes Home” and “Letters from the Archives”

19 Sep 2020 - 23 Dec 2020

“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


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.

“I thought I’d try writing this letter on the typewriter but somehow or other it seems too business like and impersonal so I think I’ll continue on by hand.”

John to Rosemary, 1945


“Letters from the Archive”  features letters written during WWII and Operation Desert Storm. The historic letters have been read by local volunteers and can be viewed and listened to here. This exhibit is collaboration between the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, the Palm Springs Air Museum and Morongo Basin Citizens.

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  • Date: 19 Sep 2020 - 23 Dec 2020
  • Location:Yucca Valley
  • Curators:Cal Humanities, California State Library, Exhibit Envoy, Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Palm Springs Air Museum
  • Duration:three months
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