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Legacy Letter Project


In January 2007, I began soliciting people age 50 and older to send letters to my college students.  The authors were asked to give insight on what they know now that they wish they would have known when they were in their 20s.  At the end of the semester, every student received a personal letter.  The response surpassed my wildest dreams, and with the launching of this website, the Legacy Letter Project has grown into a national initiative. 

The idea of the project is to pass on knowledge and help bridge the gap between the generations.  I sincerely hope you, or someone you know, will choose to join us.


Letters can be of any length.  Please include a photo of yourself in your 20s.

Each letter needs to include contact information for the writer.  (Though this information will not be shared.)

By sending your letter and photo, you are granting permission for them to be shared in various forms with others. 

Thank you in advance for your help.  Let’s hope the project continues to grow, and keeps touching more and more lives.  Your materials may be e-mailed at david-gould@uiowa.edu or mailed to me at:

David Gould
The University of Iowa
Coordinator/Interdepartmental Studies Program
Faculty/Leisure Studies Program
219 McBride Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242

For questions or more information: 319-384-3529.

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