The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library in the Frankford section of Philadelphia was founded in 1926 by members of G.A.R. Post 2. It houses thousands of artifacts from both the Civil War and the G.A.R. memorial period.
The Mission of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library is to preserve the heritage and history of the Civil War through the presentation of historical programs, forums, and exhibitions designed to promote a better understanding of American history.
The museum has a library of over 6,000 books, many of them published during and immediately after the war. The collection contains many photos, letters, diaries, records, post books and other materials related to military service and from the Grand Army posts and departments.
The museum sponsors an annual preservation luncheon in the spring with a noted speaker and an award named for Samuel P. Town, a G.A.R. Post 2 member and G.A.R. Commander-in-Chief.
As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) historical and patriotic organization, staffed by volunteers and offering free access to the public, the museum depends heavily on supporting memberships and donations. Memberships are $20 for individuals and $30 for families; $50 and $100 per year categories are also available.
Donations to assist in acquiring new research materials for the museum and library would be greatly appreciated.
The museum has recently established a 'building fund' to help support repairs and improvements to the 1796 Ruan Building which houses the museum.