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Smithsonian Exhibit on Military Mail Opening at Museum

Heidi Toth

May 3, 2016

Mail Call uses letters, audio records and firsthand accounts to celebrate the incalculable value mail from home has always provided overseas troops, even in the email age.

WHAT: The Museum of Texas Tech University will introduce Mail Call, a traveling version of a permanent exhibit in the National Postal Museum, which explores the history of America's military postal system. The exhibit examines how even in the era of email and Skype, overseas troops today treasure mail delivered from home just as their counterparts did in previous generations.

Members of the Military and Veterans Program at Texas Tech will speak briefly at the event and will be available for individual interviews after. Museum director Gary Morgan also will speak. Reporters will be able to view the exhibit.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Friday (May 6)

WHERE: Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 4th St. Enter through the main doors on the north side of the museum.

EXHIBIT: Mail Call, which runs from May 7 to July 17, features documents, photographs, illustrations and audio stations that bring to life the story of military mail. One piece in the exhibit is a kit with supplies for “Victory Mail,” a microfilm process developed during World War II to shrink the volume and weight of personal letters.

Visitors will read firsthand records and heartfelt sentiments through excerpts from letters to and from soldiers on the front, discover how military mail communications have changed throughout history and learn about the armed forces postal system. The exhibit offers an appreciation of the hard work that goes into connecting soldiers with their loved ones at home, a process that continued through the extreme circumstances overseas troops frequently face.

Mail Call is organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES). Lubbock is the 13th city and final stop in Texas on the tour that began in 2012 in South Carolina.

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CONTACT: Daniel Tyler, marketing and communications coordinator Museum of Texas Tech University, (806) 834-1227 or daniel.tyler@ttu.edu