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Free Lecture: Defenders of the Union

  • East Benton County Historical Society & Museum 205 West Keewaydin Drive Kennewick, WA, 99336 United States (map)
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Join us for a free lecture:

Defenders of the Union: Woman’s Relief Corps and the Grand Army of the Republic

By local historian and archivist, John Kennedy

John Kennedy will present his research on a women's auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic (the nation's largest Union Civil War veterans' organization) called the Woman's Relief Corps.


They were very active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in commemorative, charitable, patriotic endeavors as well as other non-Civil War related activities (especially in the 1910s and 1920s).

The presentation would provide a general lecture on the founding of the Woman's Relief Corps and the Grand Army of the Republic and discuss the Relief Corps' activism in veteran relief, commemorating the war, and patriotic instruction.

Speaker Bio:

John Kennedy received his PhD in History from Purdue University in 2017. His research focuses on Civil War Union veterans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Earlier Event: April 13
History Hangout: Richland
Later Event: May 2
First Thursday: Open Late