Browse Exhibits (6 total)

The Sons of The American Legion

This exhibit explores the early history of the Sons of The American Legion and celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first convention, which took place in 1972. Visitors can get a glimpse into the history of the organization through photos, artifacts, and documents, including historical newsletters and brochures. Throughout the exhibit links can also be found to various resources housed in our digital archive.


American Legion Past National Officers, 1919-2019

American Legion national officers have proudly served their organization and American veterans throughout its lifetime. The Past National Officers exhibit looks back over those elected throughout the first 100 years of The American Legion using historic photos and artifacts from the American Legion archives. This exhibit was organized by staff of the Emil A. Blackmore Museum in 2022. You can navigate the exhibit using the links on the left or by clicking the navigation arrows at the bottom of the screen within the exhibit. 

National Convention Badges

This exhibit includes badges from every American Legion National Convention, honoring those who serve the nation, reflecting the broader issues of the times and representing the American Legion’s motto: “Veterans Strengthening America.”

National Headquarters through the American Legion's first century

From the American Legion’s first days, staff at National Headquarters have have represented the organization's commitment to remember and honor the struggles and sacrifices of war, and to support veterans and their families.

This exhibit explores the buildings National Headquarters has occupied over the past century and discusses the work of National Headquarters staff.

World War Posters

“The war was not just a series of battles, but...with it life had to be lived as gallantly as possible”
Verna B. Grimm, 1937

Posters formed the background of everyday life throughout the 20th century, but especially during the world wars. This exhibit briefly explores the role posters played in wartime society and displays many of the posters in The American Legion Poster Collection. 

For my Country: the life and service of Franklin D'Olier

Exploring the life and work of Franklin D’Olier, the first national commander of The American Legion, For My Country  uses materials from the American Legion Archives and the Emil A. Blackmore Museum, including many newly digitized photos and artifacts. This exhibit was organized by staff of the Emil A. Blackmore Museum in 2020.