Podcast: To The Letter

A podcast from Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives. This podcast brings archival correspondence alive. In each episode you will hear (in their own words!) letters written by the people who lived through history and the stories behind them.

Season 1: Letters between Joseph Olexa and Agnes Van Der Weide

Season 1 explores the story of Joe Olexa, a World War II U.S. Army soldier and his budding romance with Agnes Van Der Weide, a young girl living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The letters and other archival materials referenced in this season come from the Joseph P. Olexa WWII memoir and correspondence (RHC-93).

Season 2: Letters from John Bennitt, A Civil War Surgeon

Season 2 explores the letters Dr. John Bennitt sent home to wife Lottie. Bennitt served as a surgeon in the 19th Michigan Infantry. The letters referenced in this season come from the Correspondence and Diaries of Civil War surgeon, John Bennitt (RHC-43).