Letters to Newtown: Preserving 500,000 Messages of Hope & Sorrow
This story was produced in partnership with Mother Jones and Newtown resident Ross MacDonald. For more information about the Letters to Newtown project, follow MoJo’s newly-launched Tumblr.
Walk into the Newtown town hall, and you see bin after bin of cards and letters — some 500,000 at least, more arriving every day. They line both sides of the long main hall and fill up the branching halls and offices. Posters, paintings, quilts, and flags cover the walls. There are banners from students at Columbine and Virginia Tech; there are letters from school kids across America and from people as far away as France and Australia. And there are boxes of Kleenex on every table for those who read them.