Have you ever been irritated by the sound of someone typing at a computer while you are trying to study in the library?
It could be worse. Much worse. Come and see!
On Wednesday, September 26 at 2:15 pm (after Dedicated Hour), Student Life and the Library will be hosting an old-fashioned letter-writing social in the Library Reading Room (300s).
Resurrect the art of letter writing! Imagine the surprise and delight that someone in your life will feel upon receiving a handwritten or typed epistle from you. A friend; a family member; your Plan sponsor…
Many people have generously lent and donated a selection of fine vintage writing instruments for you to try out, including several models of manual typewriters from the early and mid-twentieth century; quills; fountain pens; ink; and sealing wax. If you have a typewriter, bring it! Bring fancy paper and envelopes if you have them; we’ll have some on hand, too.
There will be snacks, tea, soda in little glass bottles, and a fine selection of vinyl (pre-Beatles) to provide musical accompaniment.
If you’d like inspiration before sitting down to inscribe or type a letter, try these links:
- The love letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, newly digitized and posted online by Baylor University and Wellesley College.
- Writing Better Social Letters: an edifying ten-minute film from 1950. Do you know the five parts of a friendly letter?
Thanks to Amherst College for the original idea for this event.