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The Grand Army of the Republic: How it Served the Civil War Union Veterans

Event Type: Adult Program
Date: 10/7/2014
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
 The Grand Army of the Republic was the national association of Union Civil War Veterans. In 1890, it had 470,000 members. Not only were they the original “Band of Brothers,” but they founded soldiers’ homes, promoted patriotism, enacted pensions for veterans, created Decoration/Memorial Day, and elected six Republican Presidents, all Civil War veterans.

Brian Flora and his wife Kay will portray Wilber and Emma Crummer. Wilbur was twice the Commander of the Oak Park GAR chapter. Brian, a Civil War re-enactor and amateur historian who focuses on history for the fun of it, will present a program that brings to life this nearly forgotten chapter of American history. This program is a collaboration between the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest and the Oak Park Public Library.

Library: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch
Location: Second Floor - Veterans Room
Contact: Adult & Teen Services