Her Words
Read the Bee-Mail Newsletters that were their life line back to home and to each other during this time of war.
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Their Words
Read the letters to Mrs. Brown from the PC men fighting the war in both theaters.
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"Mrs. Bee" and the Bee-Mail Newsletters

Mrs. Lillian Gross Brown was affectionately known as "Mrs. Bee." 

She wrote her first Bee-Mail newsletter in the spring of 1943, when she was serving as PC's registrar.  She had been writing individual letters to PC boys for over a year, but when she found she was communicating with three dozen of them, she began the mimeographed newsletter.  These chatty letters, almost 50 in all, connected over 1000 PC servicemen during World War II.  In them, she provided news about events at the college, and included excerpts of letters from servicemen posted all over the world. 

According to a contemporary account, "...her mail bag is filled daily with letters from these 'PC'uns', thanking her, telling her frankly of human feelings, in the stress of giant warfare, recounting incidents of battle and camp life, incidents humorous and pathetic.  And she reads them all and digests them and weaves them together into her 'Bee-Mail Letter" which is a running story of what PC'uns think and feel and where they are and what they are doing.  To them she is a true friend and to them she will always be 'Mrs. B.'" (The Greenville News, 1945, as quoted in The Laurens County Advertiser, July 27, 2001.)

Copies of all of Mrs. Brown's Bee-Mail newsletters, as well as original copies of over 2,200 letters written by over 500 servicemen, can be found in the Presbyterian College Archives, located in the Thomason Library, Clinton, South Carolina.

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