My name is Eva Lee, I am a Southerner, a South Carolinian. Southerners tell stories and Southerners write. So, I wrote in my diary and I wrote letters. So y’all listen up, I have a story to tell…

 

In fact, there are several stories.

Each story reflects the turmoil of the world as shown through the lives of the American family.

From the tough times of the Great Depression, to fears of another war; from wartime service and sacrifice; to final victory and the homecoming of the boys – our American families went through it all.  You are invited to share their experiences in:
Dear Eva: A Play About World War II  ♦  Love in a Time of War  ♦  Lest We Forget  ♦  Merci, Yanks

Listen to a Valentine’s Day interview with Catherine Ladnier on WGCH radio.

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”     
(Rudyard Kipling)

Mission Statement

Dear Eva strives to tell the stories of the Greatest Generation who lived, loved and sacrificed during the Great Depression and World War II. Their stories will be told through  the  letters  written to family and friends at a time when letter writing was both the primary means of communicating with those far away and a literary art. The letters are transformed into plays, revues and plain old story telling to pass on to a new generation the fears, joys and longing for a better world.

Upcoming Events

Ordinary Americans

Monday
November 26, 2018 - 4PM
 
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, New York
 
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the HMT Rohna, the FDR Library will present a panel discussion to tell the story of those who perished and those who survived the greatest at sea disaster of Word War II.   Catherine will join Jack and Barbara Ballo and John Dolan to honor those ordinary Americans who saved the world. Like Catherine, the Ballos and John Dolan discovered their connection to the Rohna through the discovery of old letters and newspaper clippings. The discovery led them to tell the story of this tragedy that has been lost to history.
 
This 75th anniversary presentation marks the first time the FDR Library has showcased the Rohna though the tragedy was classified by the American government. 
 
It is fitting that Ordinary Americans will be presented on November 26.  On that day 75 years ago, the Rohna was struck by a new weapon of war which resulted in the loss of more than 1,000 American servicemen.
 
For more information on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, please visit their website.  www.fdrlibrary.org.