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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Historian

Arlene Holtgrave
aholtgrave1019@gmail.com
618-623-8071

Madame President Patti, Distinguished Guest and Members,

I hope everyone is “Crafting a Brighter Future for Our Veterans” so we Historians can be “Crafting History one event at a time.”
Please send events as they happen. It’s much easier to remember the “4 W--- WHO, WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE. And don’t forget pictures. Some pictures can tell an interesting story.

Crafting our events on all levels, be it Unit, District, Division, Department, is very important for our future History.
There is a chance in the Junior History due date because of the dates of Junior Conference. Junior History is due May 15, 2022.
Send your articles or histories to me by paper copies, email, texting, phone, or you can send to me in parts. (Example: in parts meaning email article, send pictures by phone.)

It may only be an event today, but tomorrow it will be History.

Till our next crafting event, stay healthy and safe AND GOD BLESS AMERICA….


As all of members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Illinois are “Crafting a Brighter Future for Our Veterans”, Historians will be “Crafting Our History One Event At A Time.”

The definition of crafting: as a noun – the activity or hobby of making decorative articles by hand. As a verb – crafting - exercise skill in making (something). So, we Historians will be Crafting History one event at a time.

Events need to be reported very shortly after they happen, when they are fresh in our minds. This year National is not asking for mid-year reports; but I am. If you have any History to report, and don’t send to me when it happens, please do it mid-year so we Historians can record as it happens. Pictures will be crafted into the History.

If you have a visit from President Patti, please send it to me shortly after it happens so I can Craft it into the history before the mid-year and end of the year. Please send by email, snail mail, even phone call will be appreciated. President Patti visit is not the only important happening in the Unit, District or Division, meeting, special events, many things are History.

Please use the 4 W; Who, What, When, and Where will basically cover what is need to report any event.

HISTORIAN Awards
PRO-BOWLERS PLAQUE – for the best Unit History.
RAMONA’S INDIANS PLAQUE – for the best District History.
BASKETBALL SHOOTERS PLAQUE - for the best Division History.
IRENE LOFTON’S EAGLETTES PLAQUE – for the best Junior History. awarded at the Junior Conference
DOT'S APPLE DUMPLING GANG PLAQUE--for the best District Junior History. awarded at the Junior Conference

Personal Awards:
Certificate and $5 to the runner up of the Pro Bowlers Plaque.
Certificate and $5 to the runner up of the Ramona’s Indians Plaque.
Certificate and $5 to the runner up of the Basketball Shooters Plaque.
Certificate given to any Unit, District or Division submitting an electronic history (email, flash drive or CD). Awards to Seniors and Juniors

History is no longer a committee in itself. It is combined with the Historian. So, if your Unit, District or Division does anything relating to History, that would now be Historians job to report it. Anything that went to the History chairman now goes to the Historian on all levels of the Auxiliary.

So in closing please remember the 4 W’s and we will craft an interesting history for President Patti’s year.

Till next crafting event stay healthy and safe… and God Bless America!


Resources from National

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  • Veterans History Project

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