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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Historian

Historian Patti Williamson

Are you “Capturing those winning moments” for your Unit?

We want to hear what your unit is doing, so please send your Unit’s minutes to me either through the mail or email whether you enter any of the contests. Please follow the rules for the Senior History Contest rules.

National Historian Susan Campbell has highlighted several initiatives for members to support. The Veteran’s History Project is still an ongoing program. Units, Districts and Divisions are encouraged to par-ticipate. A kit is available to help organize and submit a Veteran History Project in your area at http://www.loc.gov/vets/kits.html. Recruit your Legionnaires to participate, it might help your Veterans feel more comfortable opening up about their experiences. Historians can also promote the Veterans History Project through Facebook, emails and during meetings.

Encourage your Junior members to participate in the new History Patch and the Junior History Book contest. Ask your Junior members to help with the “Members Remember” history project celebrating our Unit members. National is asking us to find long time and new members and ask them to share their sto-ries in a video. These stories can be about : a special project, a particular highlight during her membership, how many generations of her family have been members and why, if a charter member, her experience in starting the unit. These should be uploaded to YouTube; instructions can be found on the National Historian page.

National Historian Susan and I are also collecting information about famous Auxiliary members. His-torians should include information such as member’s full names, years of Auxiliary membership, details of what they did, who they are and why they’re famous. Include where you found the information. All infor-mation should be sent to the National and Department Historian, as it is collected, with a deadline of June 1, 2018.

Remember ladies to capture these winning moments as we strive for gold for our veterans.


The theme this year is “Capturing those winning moments.” One of the definitions of “history” is the study of the past as it is described in written documents. Your Unit, District, and Division minutes are a written history, please copy and mail or email them to me for inclusion in this year’s Department History.

If you have a visit from President Marcia or another event captured in our Department history, please send me some notes either by mail or email.
Unit Histories will be due to the Districts by June 5th. The District winners and the District History need to be submitted to me by June 12th.

The National Programs Action Plan for Historians will not be available until after Convention. When the information is available, I will have it posted to our website.

The following Awards will be presented:
1. Pro Bowlers Plaque – Best Unit History
2. Ramona’s Indians Plaque – Best District History
3. Basketball Shooters Plaque – Best Division History
4. Rae Shaw’s Plaque – Best Junior History Class 1
5. Irene’s Lofton’s Eaglettes Plaque – Junior History Class 2
6. Dot’s Apple Dumplings Plaque – Best District Junior History

Personal Awards:
1. $10.00 Runner Up to the Pro Bowler Plaque
2. $10.00 Runner Up to Ramona’s Indians Plaque
3. $10.00 Runner Up to the Basketball Shooter’s Plaque
4. Citations to anybody submitting a history electronically.

So let’s use that Olympic torch and light a fire under our historians writing. It will be challenging to capture all of the golden moments and activities that occur throughout the Department this year!

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items

Click Here: National Historian

  • Veterans History Project

Department Resources