Pen Pal Program
arrival of the telegraph in the 1840s, letters were the only way for
people to communicate over long distances. At that time, ink and paper
were very expensive, so letter-writers were careful to use every inch of
space on the paper, even turning the page on its side and writing new
lines of text at right angles across the old lines.
At a time
when it was rare to visit friends or relatives living more than a few
miles away from your home, letters were the best way to let loved ones
know you were thinking about them, and letters made a valuable memento
to be kept and reread many times over. Historical letters are also one
of the best records of how regular people lived and what they thought
Today, letters are still a wonderful way to connect
with people to share information and send best wishes. The County of
Simcoe's Long Term Care and Seniors Services has launched Letters to
Seniors, a Pen Pal Program, and we want everyone to participate! This
is a great opportunity to share memories and create new friendships.
It's also a great time to use old ways to stay connected to new and long
If you want to participate, write a letter to a
resident and introduce yourself. Tell a joke, or share an interesting
story. Send your letter, addressed to Pen Pal Program, to one of the
addresses listed in the link below. Or, drop it in our mailbox outside
of the Museum and we will send it for you! Happy letter writing!
Try your hand at cursive writing or calligraphy