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Presents a New Program via ZOOM
Admiral David Farragut and the Battle of Mobile Bay
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 at 1:00 pm
Presented by:  Paul Prentiss, Historian and Navy Veteran
On August 5, 1864, at the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War, Admiral David Farragut led his flotilla through the Confederate defenses at Mobile, Alabama, to seal one of the last major Southern ports. The fall of Mobile Bay was a major blow to the Confederacy, and the victory was the first in a series of Yankee successes that helped secure the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln later that year.
Paul Prentiss is a retired Navy Captain and Chief Scientist for a national science and technology company.  He is a graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Please send a request to reserve a virtual seat for this outstanding presentation by replying to this e-mail at
You will be sent a link with a password that will enable you to access the program within 24 hours of the start of the presentation.
As a lover of history, you know how critical it is to keep history alive, especially today!  We very much appreciate your continued support for the GAR Civil War Museum.
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Please consider attending the annual luncheon benefiting the museum on Saturday,
March 21, 2020.
The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library is the only museum in this area that is solely dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of the Civil War.
The collection is recognized for its historical significance and features numerous relics of singular historical importance including:  General Meade’s warhorse Old Baldy, handcuffs found in John Wilkes Booth’s trunk after the assassination, the strip of the pillowcase and Lincoln’s blood, Dr. Mary Walker’s medical case, the bullet that killed Col. Edward Baker at Ball’s Bluff, and the uniform of Col. DeWitt Clinton Baxter of the 72nd PA Infantry.
As members of the historical community, it is vitally important that we show our support for the museum, or this wonderful museum will disappear.
Please consider attending the annual luncheon benefiting the museum on March 21, 2020.  This is so much more than a luncheon. 
·      You will have a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet both old and new friends who share your interest in history;
·      We have a great keynote speaker, historian and author of many Civil War books, Bradley Gottfried;
·      you can explore the books and merchandise from Jim Schmick’s Civil War and More;
·      you will be eligible to win one of many great especially selected raffle prizes;
·      and you will have an opportunity to purchase authentic Civil War relics.
All this while also helping us to secure the future of the museum.
Please check out the luncheon notice and make your reservation.  Without your support, this wonderful and historic museum may well become a thing of the past; only a memory.
Invites All Museum Supporters and
Civil War Enthusiasts to the
Saturday, March 21, 2020
12:00 noon – 3:30 PM
Cannstatter Volkfest Verein
9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
(Intersection of Academy Rd. and Frankford Ave., at I-95 Academy Road exit)
Keynote speaker  BRADLEY M. GOTTFRIED
Nationally recognized historian and author
Presentation of the GRAND ARMY AWARD
** Three course Chefs Luncheon  **
History books, videos, music featuring Jim Schmick  “Civil War & More.”
Free door prizes – Print raffles
*Reservations requested by March 13, 2020
Please make checks payable to GAR MUSEUM, and mail with reservation form below to: GAR MUSEUM, Attn: Herb Kaufman, 4278 Griscom Street, Phila., PA 19124.      To Reserve by EMAIL:
Name(s) __________________________________________________________ Amount Enclosed $___________________
Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone _________________________ Email Address (for confirmation) _______________________________________
Entrée Choices (please indicate number):
Chicken ________                       Beef ________                 Salmon ________
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G.A.R. Museum & Library Open House Program

Sunday ‘Open House’ Civil War History presentation
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 1:30pm
Dr. Cheryl Renée Gooch on
“Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers
of Chester County, Pennsylvania”
Cheryl Renee Gooch( Ph.D ) Dean of Arts, Humanities & Developmental Studies
Cumberland County College

Dr. Cheryl Renée Gooch is the author of the newly published book
Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County,
Pennsylvania (The History Press, February 2018). Dr. Gooch will discuss
her book, which traces the stories of residents of Hinsonville, a free
black community, who fought for the Union. Named for Emory Hinson, a
black man who purchased acres straddling Lower and Upper Oxford
townships in Chester County, PA, the former 19th century village of
Hinsonville attracted both free and determined to be free people who
championed religious freedom, higher education, land ownership and equal
FREE & Open to the public! 
Historic Ruan House • 4278 Griscom Street• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124 •
(215) 289-6484 •
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Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library Open House Program

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library Open House Program

Sunday ‘Open House’ Civil War History presentation
2nd Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Note earlier start time)
Annual Holiday 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Brass Band Concert
featuring Civil War era favorite tunes and songs
Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held following the concert.
The Concert is FREE & Open to the public.
Historic Ruan House • 4278 Griscom Street• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124 •
(215) 289-6484 •
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(GAR) Grand Army of the Republic Looks to Relocate

The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library on Griscom street is looking to relocate.

From the Summer edition of the Grand Army Scout newsletter.  Follow this link for the complete newsletter:

Joe Perry

GAR Scout_summer_2019 In 1958, when the Ruan House was purchased on Griscom Street (4278 Griscom Street)grand army, I was 10 years old and living in the Frankford neighborhood not far from the Museum. I walked near the Museum on my way to the Frankford Boys Club and to Boy Scout meetings. In 1960 my brother and I saw the movie “Pretty Boy Floyd” at the Holiday Theater that now stands empty around the corner from the Museum. I used the Free Library’s Frankford Branch and attended Frankford High School.

When the Museum opened to the public in 1985, neither I nor any of my friends had ever heard of the GAR Museum. Therein lies the problem. The Museum that preserves the history of the greatest crisis that faced our nation is mostly known only to the Civil War community and few others. Look around and you will realize that the advancing years of those active in our Civil War community is a real concern. We are responsible for the preservation of the history of those who fought the battles and for those civilians who supported them. We know what they did to end slavery and preserve the Union, but do we know who will continue to run the Museum?

Our Museum is now faced with its greatest crisis. We are just holding our own with building maintenance, but the costs of keeping this old house are very high. The Museum’s neighborhood and location are driving visitors and volunteers away from our doors. We need to relocate.

Other museums are facing the same difficulties. You may have heard of the closing of the Philadelphia History Museum. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is having problems. On the positive side the National Constitution Center has opened a permanent Civil War and Reconstruction Exhibit this year. The size of the Exhibit is the same as the GAR Museum.

We need greater support for our Museum like that received for the Museum of the American Revolution, The Barnes Foundation and the USS New Jersey.

The GAR Museum now has only ninety-seven (97) paying members which include nine (9) Board Members and five (5) additional volunteers. We cannot maintain the Museum with so few. As Churchill once said, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” We need to ask ourselves why and how we can get greater support. The best way, and I believe the only way, is to move the Museum to a new location that will be conveniently located and easier to maintain.

The Museum’s Board of Directors is moving forward. We will find a way to do this, but we need your help. Let us hear from you. We are exploring several locations along Roosevelt Blvd. near the Laurel Hill Cemetery and other Philadelphia locations.

Many have served the Museum and have accomplished a great deal, most notably Hugh Boyle. Hugh has set us on the right course to the future and as a Board member he will continue with us. I have been asked to assume his role and I am thankful for the opportunity. I will do my best to carry on, with the few, these happy few, we band of volunteers. For those today that give their time with me, shall be my brothers and sisters.

Joe Perry