Display items- GAR and WRC pins
Several years ago, one of my students typed up a very long inventory of the Display Items, describing the materials. I'm going to document some of these items in future posts. They are currently pinned (if the pin holds) to foamcor board in boxes. This allows them to hang and not get battered. Those without pins or with broken pins are in acid-free envelopes.
Here are some examples of our GAR and WRC (Grand Army of the Republic, and Woman's Relief Corps) pins. The GAR was the national veterans organization for all Union veterans. The GAR held gatherings or encampments, at the state and national level, 1866- 1949. The last GAR member died in 1956. The WRC was an auxiliary women's group, a companion to the GAR. It was founded in 1883 and still exists. Here are some fun pins to help you think great patriotic thoughts and thoughtfully consider the hardships of the men and women who proudly wore them after, amazingly, surviving the American Civil War. Dates that are visible and legible range from 1902, 1906-7, 1909, 1911, 1913, 19117, and 1927.