Unveiling History: The National Woman’s Relief Corp – Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

In a historic move that promises to enrich the cultural tapestry of Murphysboro, the General John A. Logan Museum proudly unveils its latest addition: the National Woman’s Relief Corp – Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum (WRC-GAR). This collaborative endeavor between the General John A. Logan Museum and the WRC marks a significant milestone in preserving and honoring the legacy of those who shaped our nation’s history.

Situated at 1613 Edith Street, the General John A. Logan Museum has long been a beacon of knowledge, offering a glimpse into the past through its extensive collections and exhibits. Now, with the inclusion of the WRC-GAR Memorial Museum, visitors are invited to embark on a journey through time, exploring the pivotal role of women in the aftermath of the Civil War.

At the heart of the WRC-GAR Memorial Museum lies a collection of unparalleled significance. Among its prized possessions is a Civil War Battle Flag, bearing witness to the tumultuous events of Shiloh, Resaca, Atlanta, and other historic battlegrounds. The museum also boasts the only surviving drum that echoed the cadence of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, underscoring the solemnity of that momentous occasion.

Moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to behold the flag that adorned Ford Theatre on the fateful night of Lincoln’s assassination, serving as a poignant reminder of a nation plunged into mourning. Additionally, artifacts from the notorious Andersonville Prison offer a somber reflection on the harsh realities of war, preserving the stories of those who endured unimaginable hardships.

As guardians of our collective heritage, the General John A. Logan Museum and the WRC-GAR Memorial Museum are committed to fostering a deeper understanding of our past. Through engaging exhibits and educational programs, visitors of all ages are invited to explore the complexities of history and draw inspiration from the resilience of those who came before us.

In support of the ongoing efforts to expand the museum’s facilities, the General John A. Logan Museum is offering specially designed t-shirts featuring Mary Logan, JAL’s wife and a leader in the WRC, in the iconic Rosie the Riveter pose, with a tattoo of JAL on her bicep. These shirts not only commemorate the legacy of Mary Logan and the WRC but also contribute to the building fund for the museum’s expansion.

The shirts are available in sizes small to 3XL and are priced at $30 each or two for $50. All proceeds from the sale of these shirts will directly support the construction of a dedicated gallery space for the Woman’s Relief Corps GAR Memorial Museum.

How to Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a shirt and supporting this worthy cause, please send a message to curatorvarner@gmail.com. Laura Varner, a long-time member of the WRC and the Executive Director and Curator of the Logan Museum, is now assisting in curating the WRC collection and coordinating this fundraising effort.

The General John A. Logan Museum, along with the newly inaugurated WRC-GAR Memorial Museum, welcomes guests Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Admission is encouraged with a suggested donation policy of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 per child.

In commemorating the opening of the WRC-GAR Memorial Museum, we pay tribute to the countless individuals whose contributions have shaped the course of our nation’s history. As we look to the future, may their stories continue to inspire and guide us, reminding us of the enduring legacy of courage, sacrifice, and perseverance.

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