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Letters to the Editor – WWII History

The Delaware County Historical Society invites you to share a WWII soldier’s history as

WWII History - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio

WWII History - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio

Tam Dalrymple presents

“Letters to the Editor”

Thursday June 15, 2017 at 7 pm

in The Barn at Stratford

In 1941 as the world plunged into second world war(WWII), school teachers Pete Dalrymple and Ruth Griffith were married in Mt. Gilead Ohio. In hardly any time at all, they were separated by Pete’s U.S. Army service in Europe. The couple exchanged letters almost daily throughout Pete’s deployment. While Ruth’s letters are lost, we have Pete’s letters and Ruth’s columns that she wrote as editor of the Morrow County Sentinel.

Tam Dalrymple’s presentation will include readings juxtaposing her father’s letters with her mother’s newspaper articles. Woven into the talk, Tam will touch on the resources used in compiling the book.

George Needham, Director of the Delaware County District Library, will introduce the speaker and presentation.

WWII History - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware OhioTam Dalrymple recently retired from over 40 years of librarianship, having worked in reference services at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Ohio State University and OCLC in Dublin, Ohio.

In 2016 she did research for and completed a hand bound book, Letters to the Editor, which juxtaposes a selection of her father’s WWII letters from Europe with her mother’s articles in The Morrow County Sentinel, which she edited throughout the war.

She has given a similar presentation at the Mount Gilead Public Library, and the hand bound version of the book was displayed at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington in an exhibition last year. The book will also be available for viewing after the program.

This program is open to the public. No ticket or reservation required. An opportunity for Donations will provided.

Read More

You can read more about the Letters to the Editor book in Joe Blundo’s Columbus Dispatch commentary: World War II years revealed in writings of Mount Gilead couple.

About The Society

The Delaware County Historical Society is a non-profit organization funded by donations and fueled by a marvelous corps of dedicated volunteers. We collect, conserve, research, and catalogue artifacts of historical import. We obtain, maintain, and make available to the community historic places including The Barn at Stratford. We support county school history teachers and students. We prepare and present programs (like this one) and exhibits year-round to educate and promote Delaware County History.

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