Monday, April 4, 2011

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie, PA is the proud home to perhaps the most intact GAR Post in the nation. Long story short, the members of the Captain Thomas Espy Post left their artifacts and documents to the library. Sadly forgotten, the ceremonial room and artifacts were preserved over the years, locked away. In 2010, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall received a donation to restore the Post to its original grandeur. This room is so unique -- as it is a snapshot of the esteemed GAR organization. Tours are free. The room is open every Saturday from 11 to 3, or by special appointment. More importantly, in terms of a genealogist, we have battlefield sketches and GAR applications online! This is a rare glimpse into the men of the Post: the men explain battles, wounds, close comrades, etc. This information is too good to keep quiet, so please help us get the word out! Below are links to different sites that provide more information about this very unique and rare national treasure.