Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum

Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum The Museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM on the first two Wednesdays of each month, patriotic holidays, City-wide festivals, and by appointment (Email or call for an appointment - we will open the museum for one person).
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Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum ReopeningGiven the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-110, museums may reopen as o...
06/01/2020
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum

Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum Reopening

Given the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-110, museums may reopen as of June 8. Consequently, Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum will be open on our normal 2nd Wednesday of the month (June 10th) (the Order missed our 1st Wednesday) and of course, always by appointment - just call us (517-922-6427) or email us at [email protected] and we will arrange to open up the museum for you. We have hand sanitizer but bring your facemasks.

Thanks.

Keith G. Harrison
Board President
Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum
224 South Main
Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827
Telephone: 517-922-6427
Website:
Email: [email protected]

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) Michigan Nonprofit Corporation. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Although, we were unable to commemorate Memorial Day by having a Memorial Day parade or Memorial Day program in Eaton Ra...
05/25/2020

Although, we were unable to commemorate Memorial Day by having a Memorial Day parade or Memorial Day program in Eaton Rapids, we (Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum and Troy D. Nealey AMVETS Post 1583) still managed to conduct a tribute to our fallen soldiers by placing (with the spontaneous assistance of about 40 other people) flags on about 500 veterans' graves on Saturday) in Rose Hill Cemetery and conducting with the reading of G.A.R. Commander-in-Chief General John A. Logan's May 1868 General Order #11 a small, but moving wreath laying program on G.A.R. Island Park on Memorial Day - and yes, social distancing was observed.

General John A. LoganI. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise d...
05/25/2020

General John A. Logan

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice of neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude, -- the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III . Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.

By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief
N.P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General

Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

05/22/2020

M E M O R I A L D A Y
General Order
No. 11

Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic
Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II. I t is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective. By command of:

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief.

N. P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant-General.

04/28/2020

MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES CANCELED IN EATON RAPIDS

In consultation with the City of Eaton Rapids, Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall & Museum and AMVETS Post #1583 have canceled the annual Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Day Program on G.A.R. Island Park previously scheduled for May 25th. We still encourage you to show your respect and support for the fallen heroes of our country. You can hang an American flag or put one out on your lawn. You could make a sign that says “Thanks for our Veterans” , “Remember our Fallen Heroes”, or similar sentiment and place it in your window or on your lawn. In the true spirit of what Memorial Day is for, we would like to take time to honor the fallen heroes and veterans in our community. If you have a hero in your family and would like them honored on the City’s website on Memorial Day, please e-mail Council Woman, Pam Colestock at [email protected] with their name, branch of service, and years they served no later than FRIDAY, MAY 22ND, to be included.

In addition to being closed on the Federally Observed Memorial Day - May 25th, Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall & Museum also will be closed for the entire month of May including Wednesdays - May 6th and May 13th, its Civil War Seminar on Historic Fort Wayne - May 19th, and Actual Memorial Day - May 30th.

April 2020 NewsletterMichigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall & Museum April 2020 Newsletter is now available...
04/05/2020
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April 2020 Newsletter

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall & Museum April 2020 Newsletter is now available at:
http://garmuseum.weebly.com/newsletters.html

Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall & Museum is the only such museum in the state that is exclusively dedicated to ensuring that the memory and accomplishments of our country's first major veterans' organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, and its Union Civil War veteran membership in Michigan are not forgotten.

We hope that you enjoy our newsletter and (once our Governor’s stay in home restriction is lifted) please feel free to come by and visit. In the interim, please stay home and safe.

Keith G. Harrison, Board President
Michigan's G.A.R Memorial Hall & Museum
224 South Main
Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827
Email: [email protected]

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) Michigan Nonprofit Corporation.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law

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03/24/2020

Michigan G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum
Closed during April

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rap8ids, Michigan will be closed for the entire month of April. Consequently, the April 4th scheduled Commemoration of the G.A.R.'s 154th Birthday has been cancelled.

The G.A.R. Museum appreciates all the support received thus far during this year. The museum could not function without this financial and moral support.

Keith G. Harrison
Board President
Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum
224 South Main
Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827

03/13/2020

Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum
Cancellation of March 17th Tuesday 7 PM Program

Our Board of Directors met tonight and after considerable discussion voted to cancel our program for the 7 PM Tuesday, March 17th due to the coronavirus concern. This was done for several reasons. First, based on past programs that we have held at the museum, we never know how many people will show with it ranging from 20 to 80 people, the latter would result in a lot of close contact with the public and the second being that the majority of our public tend to be older individuals. We are going evaluate more closely our April programs as we get closer to end March. We apologize for this and hope that does not inconvenience our supporters.

Keith G. Harrison
Board President
Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum

Mark your calendars and stop by if you're able.
02/26/2020

Mark your calendars and stop by if you're able.

Michigan’s G.A.R. Museum Showcases
The Soldier’s Clothing and Personal Equipment

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids will be sponsoring a Free Civil War History Seminar on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum located at 224 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation is entitled, The Soldier’s Clothing and Personal Equipment. The speaker will be Mr. Rob Stone.

The American Civil War has captivated Rob Stone ever since, as an adolescent, he toured the Gettysburg battlefield in the summer of 1963. Rob’s deeply rooted fascination with the war entered a new dimension when he discovered historical re-enacting in 1992. Rob cut his teeth on the hobby during a stint as a background actor in the film, Gettysburg, Ted Turner’s adaptation of Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Killer Angels. Soon afterwards he joined the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Inc., a mid-Michigan reenacting organization. Over the next quarter century, Rob traveled extensively, participating in living history events and reenactments large and small. Throughout those years, he deepened his knowledge of the war in general, being drawn in particular to the warp and woof of the common soldier’s life.

Michigan’s G.A.R. Museum ShowcasesThe Soldier’s Clothing and Personal EquipmentMichigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (G....
02/26/2020

Michigan’s G.A.R. Museum Showcases
The Soldier’s Clothing and Personal Equipment

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids will be sponsoring a Free Civil War History Seminar on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum located at 224 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation is entitled, The Soldier’s Clothing and Personal Equipment. The speaker will be Mr. Rob Stone.

The American Civil War has captivated Rob Stone ever since, as an adolescent, he toured the Gettysburg battlefield in the summer of 1963. Rob’s deeply rooted fascination with the war entered a new dimension when he discovered historical re-enacting in 1992. Rob cut his teeth on the hobby during a stint as a background actor in the film, Gettysburg, Ted Turner’s adaptation of Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Killer Angels. Soon afterwards he joined the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Inc., a mid-Michigan reenacting organization. Over the next quarter century, Rob traveled extensively, participating in living history events and reenactments large and small. Throughout those years, he deepened his knowledge of the war in general, being drawn in particular to the warp and woof of the common soldier’s life.

Happy Valentine's day everyone.
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's day everyone.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming events.
01/24/2020

Mark your calendars for our upcoming events.

01/21/2020
Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum - 5/6/19

Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum - 5/6/19

Keith G. Harrison, Board President, Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, talks about the museum and what their mission is. For more information, pleas...

Happy New Year everyone.
01/01/2020

Happy New Year everyone.

Happy New Year
01/01/2020

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12/25/2019
Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
12/14/2019

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Help Support Michigan’s Only G.A.R. Museum in 2020During 2019, just under 1,000 individuals toured Michigan’s G.A.R. Mem...
12/14/2019

Help Support Michigan’s Only G.A.R. Museum in 2020
During 2019, just under 1,000 individuals toured Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum (G.A.R. Museum). In addition, the G.A.R. Museum has acquired many new artifacts and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and in particular to the Grand Army of the Republic in Michigan. We now have over 4,700 such artifacts and records housed in the G.A.R. Museum, which are available to the public for viewing and research. In addition, we hosted five Civil War history seminars during the year.

We could not have accomplished all that we have without the assistance and generosity of many people throughout the state. However, in order for us to continue to operate, grow, and keep access to our all volunteer staffed G.A.R. Museum free and available to all, we hope that you will consider renewing your interest in our Museum family by becoming a 2020 Sponsor of Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum. Eight different levels of sponsorship are available to select from depending on your situation. Also, since Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, Michigan nonprofit corporation, all levels of sponsorship are tax deductible. For those who have already provided 2020 support for Michigan’s only museum that is totally dedicated to the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic, thank you. For those who have yet to become a 2020 sponsor or to renew their sponsorship, we have attached 2020 G.A.R. Museum Sponsorship Application for your use.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing interest and support in helping to ensure that the memory of the Civil War Veterans who preserved the union of this nation and the subsequent contributions of their and this country’s first major Veterans’ organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, are kept in the public eye and not forgotten.

On behalf of the Museum Board of Directors,

Keith G. Harrison
Board President
Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum

Volunteers from Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, City government, and citizens spent December 1st (Sunday) mo...
12/03/2019

Volunteers from Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, City government, and citizens spent December 1st (Sunday) morning putting up Christmas lights on G.A.R. Island Park in Eaton Rapids. Now we need some evening pictures of the island lighted.

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I'd like to visit someday when I come home to Michigan. I write novels about the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. Here's the latest one:
The G.A.R. application for Sergeant Charles F. Clark of the Reorganized Fourth Michigan Infantry, dated May 10, 1889.
Looking for any information on the 1916 GAR convention in Kansas City, MO.
It's on my "bucket list"🙂🙂
SWAN, W.W. Wesley Swan, a pioneer resident of Brookfield, died at his home near the Wilcox school house last Friday evening, and the funeral was held at his late residence Monday Afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. T. Woodhouse. Burial at Rose Hill. William Wesley Swan was born at Albany, N. Y., March 12th 1837, and was married to Miss Mary E. Wilkinson, Novermber 16th, 1865. He enlisted in Co. G., 17th Mich. Inf., at Eaton Rapids, Mich., Aug. 5th 1862, and was one of the three year men. Having been wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg, Md., Sept. 17th, 1862, he was discharged for disability at Camp Division, Ohio, July 1st, 1863. Deceased was a member of James B. Brainerd Post G. A. R., and always took a deep interest in the organization under whose auspices the funeral was held. Though quiet and unassuming, he was true to his convictions and loyal to his friends and to his country. He is survived by his beloved wife, two sons,**** sisters and many friends who mourn the loss of this honest, upright man. [The Eaton Rapids Journal July 12, 1907; Contributed by Jan Stypula]
Volunteers also set up a Civil War Company "street" on G.A.R. Island Park. They were able to talk to many visitors and tell them about the life of a Civil War soldier as well as the Grand Army of the Republic.
The Eaton Rapids 4th of July parade found museum volunteers doing Color Guard duty.
Members of the Grand Army of the Republic at the 50th reunion Gettysburg, PA.
A picture of the dedication for Dr. Stephenson (the founder of the Grand Army of the Republic) monument in Petersburg, IL from 1894.
Michigan Fife and Drum Corps at the National Encampment in Washington DC.
I recently received a certificate and a receipt as a member because i sent $25 to support the museum. Thank you for both and i like the website and this face book page very much!!!!
Lining up for the Memorial Day Parade in Eaton Rapids.