Boys in Blue: The Grand Army of the Republic Heritage Hall March 31, 2020, through June 21, 2020
Boys in Blue: The Grand Army of the Republic showcases the fascinating history of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans' organization, in this wonderful multimedia exhibition.
A year after our nation's Civil War ended, the G.A.R. was established as a fraternal group that swept the nation both locally and regionally. Putting comradeship, loyalty, and charity at high importance, only those men who served the Union from 1861 to 1865 could become members. The Grand Army of the Republic reached approximately one million veterans at peak membership, and the men of the G.A.R. left a lasting legacy — establishing veteran pensions, building soldiers' homes, and lobbying for major state and federal legislation.
This new exhibition from the Siouxland Heritage Museums highlights the legacy of this important group that set a grand precedent for future veterans' organizations to come. Clay County supplements will be included.