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LGAR Headquarters

After many attempts at obtaining a National Headquarters for at least 100 years now, we can now call the MilitaryMuseum on the campus of the Ohio Veteran’s Home our new “Headquarters.”  The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic has had a long and close association at this location.  Well into the 1920’s the annual appointment of an “Entertainment Committee” was made to participate in all holidays and special events.  At least one visit was made yearly by our Ohio Department President to present gifts of cash as well as donations of thousands of items.  On June 2, 1922 the General M.F. Force Circle #86, LGAR was instituted at the home, and in April 1976 we instituted the Robert Burns Brown Circle #103, thus recognizing the two men most influential in establishing the Ohio Veteran’s Home.  We were honored to include Commander Brown’s daughter, Margaret Brown Kearney, as a member of our organization.  Over the years we have left visual evidence of our support in the form of such things as the 1930 pillar at the entrance gate, the bandstand, and a bronze plague presented on the occasion of the home’s 50th anniversary in 1938.

The LGAR Headquarters room is patterned from a late 1880’s LGAR meeting room, which was/is based upon the original Grand Army of the Republic meeting rooms, with stations for the Altar, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Chaplain, Patriotic Instructor and head table (desk) for the President, Secretary & Treasurer.  The stations on loan in the room are from an original G.A.R. Hall.  Other furniture pieces in the room include locking display cases and book shelves, file cabinets of archival material that consists of genealogy for all LGAR members detailing their Civil War Veteran that they joined under, and original chairs that came from the LGAR Swissvale, PA Veteran’s Home.   Additional items include pictures from 1881 to present of LGAR Officers & members, a display of badges used through the decades, framed charters, photo albums and scrap books, a collection of proceedings from 1881 to present, original dyes & stamps and an original set of the “Bugle Call” our national newsletter, and much more.  It is the intent of local members in Ohio to participate at the Museum when there are special events/weekends, to be present during any Civil War Living History weekends, and to assist visitors with questions, genealogy assistance or education.

Ohio Veterans Home, Military Museum, LGAR National Headquarters
3416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870
Call first for museum hours 419-625-2457 x1447 or contact the Headquarters Committee to arrange a tour

PNP Lynne Bury
10095 Wadsworth Rd,
Marshallville, OH 44645
Elizabeth Rock
68 W. Marion St,
Doylestown, OH 44230
Kathy Twigg
368 Heritage Ave.
Canal Fulton, OH 44614


132nd Annual National Encampment
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
August 9-11, 2018 Wadsworth, Ohio

Ladies, due to unforeseen circumstances, our convention will NOT be held in conjunction with the SUVCW and AUX encampment. We have chosen Wadsworth, Ohio as the best solution for our needs this year. Never before have you received so many free meals, free speakers, and little bonuses like personal airport transportation, within walking distances to shopping, so many food options, free parking, easy access to highway route 76, and a special evening Memorial Service. Come take advantage of all of these special convention offers, and be a part of our National Meeting to make a difference in our beloved organization.


The host hotel is:

Comfort Inn & Suites Wadsworth
5 Park Center Dr
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

The Hotel is now ready to accept reservations for our 2018 National Convention, please be sure to say you are booking with the:

“Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic”

to get your $120 room rate. Each lady that books a room will receive a $20 Complimentary Gift Card to the Galaxy Restaurant next door.
Encampment rates will be honored from August 8, 2018 to August 12, 2018. To make reservations by telephone, please call the hotel directly at (330) 336-7692.
The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast, and each room has a microwave and refrigerator.

This year our Tour Day will be on Thursday, departing from the hotel lobby at 11:30, and returning to the hotel at 4:00. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the former American Country Estate of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The estate features a historic 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House, Gothic Revival Conservatory, Gate Lodge (birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous) and approximately 70 acres of artistically landscaped grounds and formal gardens. Your tour of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens can vary from $12 to $24, depending on if you want a guided tour of the house and gardens, or want to walk thru the house or gardens on your own. In honor of our National President who is a master gardener, we know you will love this tour! No need to pre-register for this day, you can pay when you get there.
For more info:


A special evening has been planned for our Memorial Service to be at the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio. We will carpool there, and enjoy a free dinner from Mission BBQ, which is a national chain restaurant that hires and caters to Veterans. The OVMP started as our state’s Vietnam Wall, but turned into an entire memorial park. For more info:


In lieu of a traditional banquet, we have chosen to carpool right down the road to one of the areas nationally registered historic landmarks, and home of our National Historian Lynne Bury, the Zimmerman Bury Octagon House.
This historic home operates as a nonprofit, and while having a free lunch you will learn the history of the house and then enjoy our featured speaker talking on a Civil War topic we know you will love.
For more info:



Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 9th
11:30-4:00 pmTouring Day Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, carpool leaves from hotel
6:00-7:00 pm Budget Committee Review Hotel President’s Room 518
7:00-9:00 pm Advisory Council Hotel President’s Room 518
All National Officers, All Past National Presidents & Current Department Presidents are entitled to attend
Friday, August 10th
9:00-9:15 am Registration Meeting Room
9:15–9:30 am Opening Meeting Room
9:30-10:00 am Initiation of New Members Meeting Room
10:00-10:15 am Floral DrillMeeting Room
10:15-10:30 am Patriotic Instructor Program Meeting Room
10:30– 11:30 am Business Session/Reports Meeting Room
11:30-12:00 Greetings from Representatives Meeting Room
12:00-1:30 pmLunch On Your Own
1:30-4:30 pm Business Session Meeting Room
4:30-5:00 pm Installation of Officers Meeting Room
6:00-8:30 pm Memorial Service/Free Dinner Ohio Veterans Memorial Park, carpool leaves from hotel
Saturday, August 11th
9:00-11:00 pm Final Advisory Meeting National President’s Room 518
All National Officers, All Past National Presidents & Current Department Presidents are entitled to attend
12:00~2:30 pm Free Lunch/Speaker Octagon House, carpool leaves from hotel
Please be aware that if we progress with items in a timely manner, the starting times will get moved up. This is the order in which we will follow things, but the exact times could change. Please be sure to look at the website for the National President’s password, and look in your Ritual to figure out this coded password. All officers are to wear white. All members attending please be sure to have yourself listed on your Circle Credentials form.

Meet the National President

Carolyn Agosto

Carolyn Agosto is a charter member of the Ercelle Speaks Circle #202 in the Department of Kansas. She has served in numerous positions within the circle. Carolyn has also held the position of National Chaplain and National Treasurer. She is a master gardener, higly trained nurse, Mother and Grandmother; a person who is dedicated to her faith, family, country, and those in need. Her Civil War ancestor, Hugh J. Slaton, Corporal, F Company, 120th Illinois Infantry, would be very proud of her as are her family and friends today. Carolyn can be contacted at the following address:

Carolyn Agosto
4710 Eby St.,
Merriam, KS  66203


The National Brochure is available here.

Supplies can be ordered from the National Treasurer ElizabethRock by mailing requests to 68 West Marion St., Doylestown, OH 44230
or by email at octagonlr@aol.com

Checks should be made payable to "National Organization, L.G.A.R."

Supplies Price List
Application Blanks (available via download as well)
 $       0.10
Memebrship Badges, New (currently out of stock)
 $ TBA
Memebrship Badges, Antique (limited supply)
 $ 50.00
 $ 3.00
Constitution and Bylaws
 $ 5.00
Receipt Books
 $ 1.50
Warrant Books
 $ 1.75
Membership Cards
 $ 0.10
Honorable Discharge Cards
 $ 0.10
Transfer Cards
 $ 0.10
Charter Application
 $ 25.00
Charter Replacement
 $ 25.00
Past Circle President Pin (out of stock)
 $ 30.00
Past Department President Pin (out of stock)
Recognition Pin (out of stock)
 $ 20.00
Replacement Ribbons for Badges (three stripe)(oos)
 $ 0.15
Flag Ribbon for Badges (out of stock)
 $ TBA
Organization Pamphlets 24 brochures (shipping)
$ 6.00
Music and Words from Ode Card
 $ 1.50

Please contact National Treasurer for shipping cost prior to submitting your order.

Forms and Report Blanks

Below you will find several links for the Report Blanks that are necessary for the organization as a whole. If there are any questions or concerns please contact the National Secretary.

ChaplainCircle Election │  Credentials │  Department Election │  Historian │  Patriotic Instructor │  Per Capita Tax │  Registrar │  Veteran ServiceInventory

2014 Revised National Constitution and Bylaws

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