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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Historian

Janet Bacon
jbacon80@yahoo.com

“Preserve Our History One Activity at A Time”

Historians are you preserving what your Unit is doing? We want to hear all about the wonderful things you are doing throughout this Auxiliary year. Please send me your Unit’s minutes either by email or through the mail even if you choose not to enter any of the contests. The Senior and Junior History Rules were in the Fall mailing, so check with your Unit President or you can find them on the Department web site:
www.ilala.org.

National Historian Brenda Collins has highlighted several initiatives for members to support. The Veterans History Project continues. All Units, Districts and Divisions are encouraged to participate in this project. A starter kit is available and can be found at www.loc.gov/vets/kits.html.. This is a great opportunity to get 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 social media such as Facebook, emails and during meetings.

The “Members Remember” history project continues this year. The objective of this project is to record the American Legion Auxiliary’s history through the eyes of its members. What a great way to learn about our history as told by members where we can learn a great deal more about who we are, what we do, and why it matters. Encourage your Juniors members to participate in the new History Patch and the Junior Book contest.

National Historian Brenda and I are collecting information about famous Auxiliary members. Include information such as members’ full names, years of Auxiliary membership, details of what they did, who they are, and why they’re famous. Also include where you found the information. Examples would be the first woman to work in government (local or state) or a member who started an organization that relates to the
American Legion Auxiliary’s mission. All information should be sent to the National and Department Historians, as it is collected throughout the year, with a deadline of June 1, 2019.

If President Deb visits your Unit, District or Division please send me a note about the visit. Be sure you follow all deadlines. Keep preserving our history!.


Our theme for History this year will be “Preserve Our History One Activity at A Time”. One of the definitions of preserve is, keep something as it is specially to prevent it from decaying or being damaged or destroyed. Isn’t our Auxiliary’s history worth preserving? That is why it is so important to record all the events and highlights that your Units, Districts and Divisions are doing.

If you have a visit with President Deb or something you would like captured in our Department History, please send me notes by email, snail mail or even a phone call will work.

Unit Histories will be due to the Districts by June 5th. The Unit winners and the District Histories along with the Division Histories need to be submitted to me by June 12th.

The National Programs Action Plan for Historians will not be made available until after our National 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. Irene Lofton’s Eaglette’s Plaque – Best Junior History (awarded at Junior Conference)
                     5. Dot’s Apple Dumpling Gang – Best District Junior History (awarded at Junior Conference)

Personal Awards:
                      1. $10 and certificate to the Runner Up to the Pro Bowlers Plaque
                      2. $10 and certificate to the Runner Up to Ramona’s Indian Plaque
                      3. $10 and certificate to the Runner Up to the Basketball Shooters Plaque
                      4. A Citation to any Unit, District or Division for submitting an electric history (e-mail, flash drive or CD). Awarded to Seniors.

So, let’s grab those pens or laptops and get those histories written so that we can Preserve Our History One Activity at A Time.

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items
  • Veterans History Project

Department Resources