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
October 20, 2021
Upcountry History Museum
540 Buncombe Street
Greenville, South Carolina
Catherine will share the stories of young Japanese American women who wrote to the President of Mills College from their incarceration camps. These resilient young women write of their new lives behind barbed wire while they strive for a future day of radiant peace.
Karen Korematsu of the Fred Korematsu Institute and Greg Robinson, Professor of American History at the University of Quebec will join Catherine to share their experiences of educating Americans about this dark chapter in American history.
When readers of the Rochester Times-Union received their Thursday evening, June 14, 1945 editions they and Americans across the nation read news of the greatest single transport disaster during World War II. In the darkness of the night and in bad weather the British troops ship Rohna sank after a 30 minute enemy air attack on November 26, 1943 off the coast of Algeria. Of the 1,981 U.S. Navy personnel aboard 1,015 were lost -including one who called Greenwich, Connecticut home. It would be many years before family members and the public would learn details about the mysterious circumstances of the Rohna disaster. Joining Host Jeffrey Bingham Mead in the 1490 WGCH studios were Greenwich resident and author Catherine Ladnier and John Dolin and Joe Webber of West Haven, Connecticut.
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.”
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.