Inside the Vault

Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET

More than two million soldiers served in Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces between 1917 and 1920. Once deployed to Europe, soldiers 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) as we explore the World War I experiences of nurse Ella Jane Osborn and infantryman Russell Flynn.  


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Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is an online program that highlights unique primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. From iconic historical treasures, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, to personal letters that reveal the contributions of ordinary American citizens, each session will investigate primary sources and discuss their background, impact, and potential use in the classroom.

This event is for teachers, students, families, and everyone with an interest in American history.

Upcoming Programs

May 20, 2021: World War II Soldiers: Robert Stone: Lieutenant Robert Stone 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 provide a detailed eyewitness account by one soldier in a way that cannot be captured in a textbook. 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) as we examine Lieutenant Stone’s letters to his family. 


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