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‘Mail Call’ explores correspondence through the years

Throughout the nation’s history, military personnel have treasured the letters and care packages received from loved ones back home.

Just how has this mail reached its destination through the years?

What role has it played in the lives of the men and women who serve and their families?

“Mail Call,” an exhibition organized with the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, explores the history of America’s military postal system and communication — from the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan.

The city of Grapevine will present the free traveling exhibit that runs from Feb. 11 through April 15 in the Grapevine Tower Gallery at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 636 S. Main Street. The exhibit will be available 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

According to related new releases, throughout American history, the military and postal service have combined forces to deliver mail under challenging — and often extreme — circumstances. But whether it takes place at headquarters or in hostile territory, on a submarine or in the desert, mail call forges a vital link with home.

Mail Call features documents, photographs, illustrations and audio stations. From the earliest handwritten letters that took months to deliver, to today’s instant communication via email or the Internet, the exhibition presents the changing look and format of mail pieces through the decades. It also examines the complex operations systems set in place to ensure safe delivery. It also explores the role mail plays in maintaining the morale of the troops overseas and examines how they continue to treasure mail delivered from home.

After the Grapevine showing, Mail Call will continue on its 15-city national tour.

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