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HISTORY

CAROLYN KITCHEN

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DISTRICT HISTORY CHAIRMAN
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The History Program:

Up until a few years ago, this program was known as "Cavalcade of Memories" until it was renamed "History." The History program was expanded to include several new history activites, beyond the Cavalcade of Memories book (scrap books).

The History program collects, chronicles, and preserves the history of the American Legion Auxiliary at all levels of the organization.. A Unit, District, or Department's collective history contains its artifacts, documents, newspaper articles, publications, meeting minutes, photos, newsletters, written histories, personal momentos, etc. This is done to honor members that have made a difference in this organization at all levels.

The History Committee's activities is different from the yearly Historian's History. The duties of the Historian and rules pertaining to a written history are set out very clearly. There are no deviations from these rules. The written history covers the current year's administration only. The history committee is in charge of archiving and managing all artifacts and documents (as described above), from the beginning of your Unit, District, or Department, to the current date. So, the History committee will be collecting Prayer Books, Histories, Press books, meeting minutes, and any other information from its Unit, District, or Department chairman for this history collection.

Every year at Department Convention, the Department of Kansas has a History Display Contest. The most creative display wins! Later on this page are the requirement of the History Display Contest.

The Department of Kansas has a Cavalcade of Memories. This is on display at Department Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, and can be viewed during regulare Deparment Headquarter's business hours. At this time, members of the Kansas Auxiliary are working on photographing and/or filming the Cavalcade for the Kansas website. This is an ongoing, multiple administration project. However, there is a Cavalcade of Memories page on the website: http://www.kslegionaux.org/history_cavalcade.html

National American Legion Auxiliary Headquarters also has a Cavalcade of Memories. Click here to go to the National Cavalcade of Memories: http://cavalcade-alafoundation.dreamhosters.com/. You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

 

What Can You Do to Promote the History Program:

If you currently have a History/Cavalcade of Memories Committee, mirror the efforts of National Headquarters to promote your history.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Share Auxiliary memorabilia with your Unit.

Involve Junior members in Unit activities, helping them earn the History Patch.

Link to: How to Involve a Junior Member

Ask longtime members or family of deceased members if they would like to donate to Cavalcade of Memories

Participate in the Members Remember project.

Link to: How to Record Oral Histories-Members Remember project

Volunteer to be the History Chairman for your Unit. Write an article or create a display regarding members of your Unit or an important event for your Unit. Publish it in the local newspaper or Unit newsletter.

 

If you do not currently have a History/Cavalcade of Memories Museum, initiate the project.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Gather any photos or memorbilia that you have, and donate it to your Unit's Cavalcade.. Appoint a History Committee chairman.
Learn the history of your Unit, District, and/or Department. Initiate a records management program. Collect all artifacts, documents, newspaper articles, publications, meeting minutes, photos, newsletters, written histories, personal momentos, etc. on a yearly basis from your Unit Chairman.
Request that a History Committee be formed in your Unit. Learn proper retention and preservation of records/objects. Consult with local historical societies and museums.

Volunteer to be the History Chairman for your Unit. Ask members to donate historically inmportant records or memorabilia.

 

Become visible throughout your community and let them know the American Legion Auxiliary's history and contributions to the community, state, nation, and the world.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Share your Unit's history with people attending your Unit activities.

Promote Women's History month in March.

Link to: How to Celebrate Women's History Month

Invite people to view your Unit's Cavalcade of Memories.

Partner with local museums, historical societies, public libraries, or university archives for consulting, displaying, and preservation advise.

Tell your story. Why are you an Auxiliary member? What impact does being involved in the Auxiliary have on you and your family? Speak to public groups about your Unit and American Legion Auxiliary history.

 

Member, Unit, and Department Auxiliary Emergency Fund Awards: NONE

 

DEPARTMENT DISPLAY CONTEST

THE HISTORY DISPLAY CONTEST IS DESIGNED TO MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS. History is more than artifacts and/or a summary of events in a dusty book somewhere! A history display is defined as posters, scrap books, sculptures, drawings, or any other medium that represents your Unit or District history. The Department Chairman of the History Committee will be discussing this further at Fall Conference. By creating a display, this is the time to let your creative energy flow in creating a masterpiece of your Unit or District's history. MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE!

During the 2017-2018 administration, Carolyn Kitchen, Historian and History Chairman for Mulvane Unit #136, created display posters recognizing patriotic holidays, memorials, Unit awards, and Unit members. Carolyn won first place in the History Display contest, and is ready and willing to share her experiences in creating these displays with the Kansas Auxiliary. She is especially gifted at interviewing Unit members and creating display posters with the information and pictures gathered.

 

Click this link to view the American Legion Auxiliary (National) History Program Page: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Members/National-History/. You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

 

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the District Chairman by December 1, 2017.

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the Department Chairman by December 15, 2017.

Year-End Unit Report are due to District Chairman by March 1, 2018.
Year-End Unit Report are due to Department Chairman by March 15, 2018.
History Chairman's Book of Reports report is due to Department Headquarters by April 23, 2018.
JUNE 1 IS THE DATE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS FIGURES THE PER CAPITA FOR AWARDS.
LOOKING FOR DISTRICT FORMS. . . Visit the "Forms" tab on this website's main navigation menu, then select "District Report Forms".
Kansas Program Action Plan Unit Report Forms can be referenced, by District, at the top of this page, or by visiting "Forms" (then select your District), on this website's main navigation menu.
How to Record Oral Histories- The Members Remember Project National Archives link: http://www.archives.gov/preservation
How to Celebrate Women's History Month Gaylord Archival link: http://www.gaylord.com/resources
How to Involve Junior Members

 

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