G.A.R. ribbon

G.A.R. ribbon

Ribbon created for the 1884 Grand Army of the Republic National Convention held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

G.A.R. sack coat

G.A.R. sack coat

G.A.R. sack coat worn by an unidentified veteran of the First Minnesota Regiment.

Grand Army of the Republic National Encampment, St. Paul

Grand Army of the Republic National Encampment, St. Paul

Veterans relaxing at Camp Mason during the 1896 National Encampment held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

St. Peter Grand Army of the Republic.

St. Peter Grand Army of the Republic.

Members of the St. Peter Post of the Grand Army of the Republic standing in formation.

2200 school children form a living flag at Grand Army of the Republic meeting, St. Paul

2200 school children form a living flag at Grand Army of the Republic meeting, St. Paul

School children create the image of a large American flag at the 1896 National Encampment held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, Second Avenue South and Washington Avenue, Minneapolis.

National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, Second Avenue South and Washington Avenue, Minneapolis.

Decorative arch spanning a Minneapolis street during the 1884 Grand Army of the Republic National Encampment held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

National encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, Minneapolis.

National encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, Minneapolis.

Photograph of the 1884 Encampment held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Grand Army of the Republic in Minnesota

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization which existed from 1866 to 1956. It was composed of veterans of the Union Army, United States Navy, Marines, and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. The organization allowed veterans to communicate with one another and plan reunions. At its peak in 1890 it was a powerful organization, supporting the rights of veterans and primarily Republican politicians.

John Keller’s Room, 1905

Photograph of John Keller’s room by St. Paul Dispatch photographer, published on April 13, 1905. This is where William Williams shot and killed Keller and his mother on April 12. Image reproduced from microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society with permission from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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