After America's Civil War ended various organizations started forming locally to honor veterans and record the histories of their units. At the national level the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was founded in 1866 by Benjamin Stephenson. Membership was limited to honarably discharged veterans of the Union Army and Navy who had served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. By 1890 the GAR would number 409,489 veterans and its members included 5 Presidents of the United States.
Author and lecturer Liam McCone will describe the formation of the GAR, its mission, history and its records. His talk will also discuss the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) which became the heir to GAR as the latter organization's members finally passed away. Join us at this talk and discover what records exist and how they may help you research your Civil War ancestors. Class fee is $5.00 for members and the public. All Classes are on Saturdays at 10:30 AM and end at noon.