Litchfield in Meeker County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Grand Army of the Republic was an organization established in 1866 by Union veterans of the Civil War to preserve friendships, honor fallen comrades, and aid widows and the handicapped. It was wielded great political influence in the years just after the war. The G.A.R. last met in 1949 for its 83rd encampment; today there are no survivors of this organization.
One of the finest examples of the architecture inspired by this movement is Litchfield's Frank Daggett Post, No. 35, organized in 1883 and named to honor the founder of the G.A.R. association in Meeker County. Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1885, the Memorial Hall was designed to resemble a fort and included a public library and reading and museum rooms. A "neat tin box" placed in the building's cornerstone contains a Bible, the names of post members and community leaders, and such memorabilia as postage stamps, coins, and battlefield relics. An addition built in 1961 houses the Meeker County Historical Society Museum.
seal of The Minnesota Historical Society, Instituted 1849
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 1970 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 7.75′ N, 94° 31.591′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Minnesota, in Meeker County. Marker is on North Marshall Avenue north of East 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the front of the Meeker County Historical Society Museum & G.A.R. Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 North Marshall Avenue, Litchfield MN 55355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Army of the Republic Hall / Litchfield's Historic Downtown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); Legion Memorial Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Ness Cemetery State Monument (approx. 4.4 miles away); Ness Lutheran Church (approx. 4½ miles away); Site of Forest City Stockade (approx. 5½ miles away); Forest City War Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); Andreas Olson (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Litchfield.
Also see . . .
1. The Meeker County Historical Society Museum & G.A.R. Hall. The G.A.R. "The Litchfield G.A.R. Hall is one of very few left in the nation and the only authentic one remaining in Minnesota and is listed on the (Submitted on November 26, 2013.)
2. Minnesota Historical Society. National Register of Historic Places Inventory. "Constructed in a unique style reminiscent of structures that resemble medieval fortresses, but on a smaller scale. The cream colored brick structure measures twenty-eight feet wide, sixty feet long, with walls that extend eighteen feet in height." (Submitted on November 26, 2013.)
Categories. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil •
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