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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 Military Museum 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
Ray Ann Alt
14670 Township Rd 136,
Bellvue, OH  44811


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

2015 National Convention Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic Delegates, National Headquarters, Sandusky, Ohio

What’s New?

Preview and print the new National Brochure. Be sure to your contact information in the area provided on the back.

Need a quick copy of a Membership Application?  Preview and Print the application or send one to prospective members.

Stephenson Memorial Plaza

The Sesquicentennial of Doctor Benjamin Franklin Stephenson's  creation of the Grand Army of the Republic on April 6, 1866, will be upon us before we know it. Although a beautiful monument was erected at his gravesite in 1894,  it is in need of improvement. What is proposed is a Memorial Plaza, a paved signature brick plaza that is consistent with memorial designs of the Grand Army of the Republic from the 1880's to 1920's.  The goal is to have the Doctor Benjamin F. Stephenson Memorial Plaza completed by the Sesquicentennial year of 2016. Through our efforts dear Brothers and Sisters we can create a fitting memorial site to do honor to the man who created the organization to which we owe our very existence. 
In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty 
The Doctor Benjamin F. Stephenson Site Committee

The National Organization of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic wish to thank the following for their generous contributions to the Bench Project to be placed at the Stephenson Memorial Plaza:

Anonymous || Bartlett Kelley Circle || Brad Schall || Connie Lies || Dept of CA || Dept of Ohio || Eleanor Lowe Circle || Ellen Higgins || Joan Dowd || Karen Lydanne || Ms. Burley || Orson Avery Sterns Circle || PA Dept || Pat Everette || Robert Burns Brown Circle || Sonja Hayes in Memory of Mary Stott Hayes || Sue Erlich || Thomas Circle, Dept of CA || William B Hatch Circle || Yvonne Bedell
Your contributions are greatly appreciated and you do your ancestors honor.


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)
 $    50.00
Memebrship Badges, Antique (limited supply)
 $    25.00
 $       2.50
Constitution and Bylaws
 $       3.00
Receipt Books
 $       1.50
Warrant Books
 $       1.75
Membership Cards
 $       0.10
Honorable Discharge Cards
 $       0.10
Transfer Cards
 $       0.10
Charter Application
 $       1.00
Charter Replacement
 $       5.00
Charter, Junior
 $       1.00
Past Circle President Pin
 $    30.00
Past Department President Pin
 $    40.00
Recognition Pin
 $    20.00
Replacement Ribbons for Badges (three stripe)
 $       0.15
Flag Ribbon for Badges
 $       3.50
Organization Pamphlets
Music and Words from Ode Card
 $       1.50

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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