The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce that the 1908 Letters program will return for its second year this fall. The 1908 Letters initiative connects current Mary Washington students with members of the 1908 Society (all classes graduating in 1966 or earlier) in a pen pal-style program. Participants in the first year of the program were thrilled to share stories via letters and learn more about the past and present of Mary Washington. At this time we would like to invite you to join 1908 Letters for the 2017-18 academic year!

How it works:

  • 1908 Society members should indicate their interest in participating in the initiative by contacting Amy Beaulieu no later than August 1, 2017. 
  • Once we have matched you with a current student we will mail you all pertinent contact info for your student match.
  • The 1908 Letters initiative will officially kick off in mid-September when introductory letters will be sent to you from your student; after this time, we ask that you maintain correspondence with your student at least once a month through the academic year (ending in May). 
  • Your student will be electronically scanning all exchanged letters in order to preserve your stories digitally as well as share on the internet through the alumni website and social media to reach a wide audience. *

We believe that your Mary Washington story is valuable and worthy of sharing with new generations of Mary Washington students and graduates; your participation in the 1908 Letters initiative would ensure that your personal stories from your alma mater are passed on to future members of our alumni family. 

If you have any questions about the 1908 Letters initiative, please contact Amy Beaulieu at abeaulie@umw.edu or 540-654-2062. 

View letters from the 2016-17 academic year here.   


*We will never share your contact information without your consent; letters will be edited to remove address information. Additionally, at any time you may request that your letters not be posted if you are not comfortable with sharing the information contained therein.