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Smithsonian exhibit at UNG tells story of military mail

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(UNG: University of North Georgia)

(Mail Call. Through April 23. Dahlonega Campus library. ung.edu/libraries/mail-call)

Allison Galloup: (UNG special collections librarian) Mail call is an exhibit done by the Smithsonian and the US Postal Museum that features letters to and from soldiers. It really focuses on how the mail gets to soldiers, what gets sent, how it’s delivered and what mail means to the men and women on the front lines.

Galloup: I love the bamboo mail. Someone used a piece of bamboo as an envelope. We also have a coconut mail which I thought was interesting.

Galloup: We wanted to feature some of our alumni who have gone on to serve on the front lines. We also wanted to feature Georgia soldiers in general, just to bring it home. I think it fits in well with our student body. We do have the Corps, so I it speaks to our military history, but we also have a large student veteran population, so I think it would be good for them to see what their letters could mean in the future, or what their emails that they use now could mean in the future, for not just soldiers, but for those either studying history or who are just curious.

(UNG: University of North Georgia)

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(Copyright University of North Georgia February 2016)

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