Grand Army Of The Republic to promote a better understanding of American Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, as
history. well as many magazines, regimental and unit
(G.A.R.) THE MUSEUM histories, and other related historical
Civil War Museum and Library Unique and historic Civil War artifacts, battle volumes and accounts. The library is
relics, personal memorabilia, paintings, especially useful for those engaging in
4278 Griscom Street documents, and photographs fill various rooms genealogical research.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19124-3954 of the Ruan House. The extensive collection of The Mission of the Grand Army of the
"Where the Civil War Comes Alive" artifacts and personal memorabilia was initially Republic Civil War Museum and Library is to
assembled by the veterans who formed Post 2 preserve the heritage and history of the Civil
of the Grand Army of the Republic. The War through the presentation of historical
Museum's holdings are recognized for their programs, forums, and exhibitions designed
historical significance and are noted for their to promote a better understanding of American
singular importance in documenting the history history.
of the Civil War and Grand Army veterans. THE RUAN HOUSE
Among the artifacts on display are tree stumps The Georgian Mansion built by Dr. John Ruan
from the Chickamauga Battlefield, each in 1796 is the home of the G.A.R. Museum
G.A.R. Membership Badge embedded with a cannonball; one of the few and Library. The Ruan House, with its
The G.A.R. Museum is a non-profit, remaining original sections of the stockade wonderful Victorian mantels and cantilevered
historical and patriotic organization from the notorious Andersonville Prison; many circular stairway invites you to rekindle the
that actively s e ek s t o pr e se rv e t h e of the personal possessions of General George spirit of the 1860's. The building is recognized
Am er ic a n heritage and memorialize G. Meade; the handcuffs owned by John Wilkes for its architectural significance and is listed in
the history of the Civil War. Booth and intended for the kidnapping of the local, state, and national registers of historic
Located in the historic Ruan House, the Abraham Lincoln; a strip of the bloodstained places. With the Ruan House as its centerpiece,
museum hosts scheduled roundtables, pillowcase from the Peterson House on which the Museum seeks to transport visitors back
programs and tours of its extensive lay the head of the dying President Lincoln; and into the Philadelphia of the Civil War
collection of artifacts and invites period where the memories of those who so
dozens of other relics, each telling its own story
students and researchers to utilize its gallantly served will always be perpetuated.
of heroism and gallantry.
documents, photos and 4,000-volume
THE LIBRARY Lincoln Memorial – Philadelphia (1872)
The 4,000 volume archive possesses a
wealth of literary resources, many original
The Mission of the Grand Army of the
to the Civil War period. Approved
Republic Civil War Museum and Library is to
researchers may examine the original
preserve the heritage and history of the Civil
Harper's Weekly, Philadelphia Inquirer,
War through the presentation of historical
Philadelphia Weekly Transcript and other
programs, forums, and exhibitions designed
newspapers for the entire period of the war, the
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‘ L i v i n g - H i s t o r y ’ o r g a n i z a t i o n s such as There are five membership categories: Outreach PROGRAMS
The Museum hosts an admission-free OPEN
the 28th and
98th Pennsylvania Individual Membership-$20.00 HOUSE from noon to 5:00 p.m. on first
Volunteer Regiments and other re- S u n d a y s . Visitors entering the Museum are
e n a c t m e n t u n i t s m e e t a t t h e m u s e u m.
Family Membership (includes 2 transported back to the Philadelphia of the
The men, women, and families in these groups adults)-$30.00 1860's.
are historians who rekindle the spirit of the Civil The Colonel's Honor Guard-$40.00 Presentations at 1:30pm feature a unique view
War period through the presentation of designed to provide the visitor with a first-
General Meade’s Staff.-$50.00 person perspective on aspects of the Civil W a r
historical programs. The units also participate
in local and national battle reenactments, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand a n d l if e in V ic to r ia n - A g e A me r ic a . Visitors
may come face to face with General Meade, discover
parades and ceremonials. Any legitimate History Army Award - $100 the complexities of medicine, enjoy a program of
group is invited to use the museum for meetings Civil War period music, or learn about the rigors
and/or ceremonies. of a soldier's life.
The Museum is also open from 12:00 noon to
We invite you to join the Friends of the 4:00PM on Tuesdays (call to confirm) and on other
G.A.R. Museum days by appointment for groups, or individuals. As a
The Gr and Ar my of t h e Repub li c wa s a part of its education outreach a c t iv i t ie s , th e
fraternal organization founded after the Civil M u s e u m p r e s e n t s o f f - s i t e historical and
living history programs for scouts, community
War to provide all veterans of the Union Armed groups, and associations.
Forces with a forum for social and political In conjunction with the regular meeting of
activities and as a venue for debate and the Anna M. Ross, Camp #1, SUVCW, a series of
reminiscence of their service in the Civil War. G.A.R. Civil War Museum & Library lectures and discussions on topics of Civil War
The G.A.R. Museum and Library was history are held on the third Monday of each
4278 Griscom St month (unless otherwise announced). Speakers
incorporated to provide a similar forum for
generations to open a dialogue and exchange Philadelphia, PA 19124 address a diverse range of issues that are of interest
to all students of the war. These programs are open to
ideas, to initiate new programs, and promote a the community without charge.
better understanding of the period of the Civil “Preserving the memory of the The Anna M. Ross, Auxiliary #1,
War and the Grand Army of the Republic. It is Union veterans of the Civil War” Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans
only through the support of its membership that meets on the th ird Mond ay of th e mo n th
the Museum can continue to realize these For more information concerning (unless otherwise announced).
Location and Directions
goals. membership, programs, tours, and The G.A.R. Museum and Library is located in the
As a registered non-profit corporation all Frankford section of Philadelphia. 4278 Griscom Street one
donations are fully tax deductible.
schedules you can reach us by block west of Frankford Avenue between Church and
The Museum also supports membership in the Phone: (215) 289-6484 Ruan Streets, only one block from the Church Street
Anna M. Ross, Camp No. 1, Sons of Union web site: www.garmuslib.org stop of the Frankford elevated train (Frankford El).
From 1-95 north or south bound, use Aramingo Ave.
Veterans of the Civil War and Auxiliary #1 and E-mail: email@example.com exit, left at light on Aramingo to next light Church St., left
other historical associations and organizations. at light to Griscom St, turn left to museum on right side.
From U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Blvd.) North or South proceed to
Oxford Circle; follow Oxford Ave. (to Griscom Street,
For a membership application, go to the
turn right to museum.
museum website: Parking: there is a small lot behind the museum or on
www.GarMusLib.org street parking.
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