Inside the Vault in May Features Diaries and Letters from World Wars I and II

This May on Inside the Vault, the online program that highlights unique primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, we showcase letters and diaries of World Wars I and II. 

"In Flanders Fields" by Lt. Col. John D. McCrae, copied in the diary of Ella Jane Osborn, 1918. (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC06570)On Thursday, May 6 we dive into the experiences of World War I nurse Ella Jane Osborn and discuss how we can use her diary to learn about the war. We will further highlight the more than two million soldiers who served in Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces between 1917 and 1920 who wrote letters to their loved ones describing conditions on the field and ordinary day-to-day worries.

Join us on May 6, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT). Register here.

Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941. (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC09547.10)On Thursday, May 20 we spotlight Lieutenant Robert Stone, who served as a bombardier in the 431st Bomb Squadron (Heavy), 7th United States Army Air Force during World War II. Bob was a nineteen-year-old college student when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He left college to join the Army Air Corps and would fly 40 missions in the Pacific. His letters to his family provide a detailed eyewitness account. 

Join us on May 20, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT). Register here.