Michigan's G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum
Michigan’s GAR Museum Showcases--
On July 28th at 7pm there will be a presentation called "The Importance of Women in the Civil War" by Shirley Gage Hodges. Free.
Sending the Very Best:
The Grand Army of the Republic in Postcards--
A new exhibit---
Eaton Rapids, Michigan – March 12, 2015 - The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) rose to prominence in the 1890’s. The influence it had on daily life in the United States was unlike any other organization. This influence encompassed hundreds of thousands of veterans, their family members, and friends. Among the many facets of life touch by the GAR, its influence also found its way into how Americans communicated with each other during the turn of the 20th Century.
By the early 20th Century, the custom of sending postcard greetings through the mail became quite trendy. Several publishing houses began producing these colorful cards for the various national holidays.
One of the most popular holiday was Decoration or Memorial Day. Numerous designs were printed. Some depicted aged veterans laying wreaths at graves or former soldiers sitting by the fireplace reminiscing about the war. Still others showed young children placing flowers on soldiers’ graves. Many were designed to appeal to the members of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Most of the cards had vivid and bright colors, which added to their popularity. These brightly colored mementos of the early 1900s were the forerunners of today’s greeting cards. Over 100 postcards are exhibited. The new exhibit will run through Memorial Day 2015.
Beyond Hardtack and Coffee: Foodways of the Union Army
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids
will be sponsoring a Free Civil War History Seminar on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at
7:00 PM at the GAR Memorial Hall & Museum located at 224 South Main Street in
Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation will be “Beyond Hardtack and Coffee:
Foodways of the Union Army.” The presenter will be Eric Perkins.
Mr. Perkins is a historian with the Michigan Historical Museum where he cares for
artifact collections and develops exhibits. He is a regular presenter on military topics
for the Museum’s Big History Lesson, an in-depth, hands-on program for grade school
children. He also has presented on Civil War topics for the Smithsonian Associates.
Mr. Perkins holds master’s degrees from Norwich University in military history and
Michigan State University in anthropology.
Foodways are made up of the culture, society, and economics of how people produce,
process, and eat food. As a distinct sub-culture, the Union Army during the Civil War
had its own foodways, a composite of army regulations, logistics, and the personal
practices and tastes of thousands of “soldier cooks.”
Moving beyond “hardtack and coffee,” the basic story of Union Army food, we will take
a broader look at the diet, tastes, economics, transportation and food technology of
Union soldiers. Army foodways were affected by social, economic, and technological
developments in the North, as well as global military advances. The solutions created
to feed the army, in turn, spurred leaps in civilian food technology, processing, and
production. Come join us, as Eric Perkins brings Civil War history alive with his
presentation on “Beyond Hardtack and Coffee: Foodways of the Union Army.”
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
A Special Program:
True Crime in the Civil War
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Presenter: Tobin Buhk, author of True Crime in the Civil War
Location: The G.A.R. Hall, 224 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
Next door to the Eaton Rapids Library
Our next program will be Sunday, November 23, and will be about The Boys in Blue from the Boys Training School. It will be presented by local historian Jesse Lasorda.