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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

History Project

Jill Layton
jill.laytonala@gmail.com

Preserving, displaying, and sharing our history, traditions, and milestones was the purpose behind the establishment of the Cavalcade of Memories in 1972 (now known as the History Committee).  The Purpose Statement: To collect, chronicle, and preserve the history of the American Legion Auxiliary through photographs, documents, personal mementos, and other artifacts.  To Honor & Preserve: The Cavalcade of Memories honors our Veterans, Auxiliary officers, and members by displaying artifacts and examples of their accomplishments.  We preserve so that others may learn,  Once again we will encourage the Units, Districts and Divisions to preserve, display and share their history.

This year's History Committee theme is: Stories have to be told or they die, we cannot remember who we are or why we're here.

Personal Awards: Not to exceed $10 each.
Personal award to the Unit that sends the best narrative showing how they preserved their history.

Personal award to the Unit which interviews/records the most histories of longtime Auxiliary members.

Personal award to the Unit which starts a Unit History museum to capture the impact the ALA has had on their community.

Personal award to the Unit which takes part in the Veterans’ History Project and submits at least two Veterans’ histories to the Illinois State Library and Library of Congress.  

Personal award to the District that sends the best narrative showing how they preserved their history.


Resources from National

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  • Members Remember: How to Record an Oral History
  • Cavalcade of Memories Virtual Tour
  • National Cavalcade of Memories Donation Guidelines