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American Legion Collection
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Processed by: Jennifer Duplaga, February 2005
“American Legion, organization of U.S. veterans of World Wars I and II and of the Korean and Vietnam wars, chartered in 1919.
The legion aided in World War II by assisting in war bond drives, blood bank contributions, and civilian defense programs; by upholding government foreign policy; and by supporting army and navy strategy. Similar services were provided during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Exerting considerable political influence, the legion lobbied for veterans’ legislation such as the G.I. Bill of Rights, for the construction of government veterans’ hospitals, and for pensions and other benefits for veterans and their families.
The peacetime program in general is directed to upholding the U.S. Constitution. To this end, the legion sponsors annual youth-training programs to teach the principles of American self-government and awards medals to encourage scholarship and leadership among elementary and high school students.
Affiliated with the organization is the American Legion Auxiliary for women of veterans’ families. National headquarters of the American Legion is in Indianapolis, Ind.”
Sources: “American Legion.” Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=funk&an=AM085000
This collection contains a partial copy of the American Legion meeting minutes. In the single page item, the Legion secretary, Helen K. Parsley, recorded the successful competition record of the artist, Honig, whose “Nancy Hanks” doll won fifth place at the American Legion National Convention in 1933.
Copy of meeting minutes
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate formats: None
Related Holdings: None
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