HISTORY COMMITTEE/CAVALCADE OF MEMORIES
American Legion Auxiliary
2017-2018 Plan of Action
Hello ALA members! We have quite an exciting year coming up! In fact, this year will be the last year before we are into our 2019 100th Anniversary Year! But where would we be today if we had not had our history recorded over the past 98-99 years? This organization would likely not still be standing if we had not had our records kept to pass down from generation to generation. Photographs are an important way to document our history, in order to preserve our important moments and memories for all time. Please refer to the History page in the Plan of Action for more information and ideas on ways to participate in preserving history for the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as info on submitting mid-year and year-end reports and a book for the history book contest. Mid-year reports are due by January 1, 2018 and year-end reports and history books are due by April 30, 2018. I look forward to hearing from you and receiving your reports!
The History Committee preserves, displays, and shares the history of the American Legion Auxiliary. The heart of the Auxiliary is in its unique records, items that our officers and members donated, produced, and compiled over the years. They provide unique testimony to the achievements of organization and stimulate pride and enthusiasm among our members.
Ideas for participation in History Committee:
● Share Auxiliary memorabilia with your unit or department.
● Ask longtime members or family members of deceased members if they would like to donate items.
● If you enjoy history and want to learn more, volunteer to be your History chairman or committee member for your unit or department.
● Post your unit history on the Legion’s Centennial Celebration webpage at centennial.legion.org
● Involve your Junior members in your activities and help them to earn the History patch.
● Participate in the Members Remember project. See the National Program Action Plan (formerly known as National Plan of Action) at alaforveterns.com
● Create displays that are attractive, interesting, and relevant.
● Highlight historical/important/interesting events in your unit, county, district, or department.
● Include historical information in your unit, county, district, or department newsletter.
● Attend a workshop to learn preservation and conservation methods.
● Partner with local museums, historical societies, public libraries, or local merchants to display historical information.
● Celebrate Women’s History Month in March. See the National Program Action Plan (formerly known as National Plan of Action) at alaforveterans.com for more information and helpful tips.
● See History program page at alaforveterans.com for additional resources, including What’s Your Story? The importance of Sharing with Others and Preservation Resources.
History is more important than artifacts and/or a summary of events listed in a dusty book somewhere. As we look back on our achievements, let us make history come alive!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. And don’t forget to SNAP THOSE PICTURES! It’s up to YOU to capture your unit’s moments and preserve your history!
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Dubuque, IA 52001