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Distinguished Speaker Series | Grand Army Women: The Loyal Women of the North

23-January from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us on January 23rd, for a fascinating talk by Robert J. Wolz about the lack of preparation on the part of all combatants to the role of women as army nurses and the civilian response. Then the organization of the Grand army of the republic (the union veterans and the Civil War) and eight organizations that formed as auxiliaries to support the widows, orphans, disabled and destitute army nurses. They literally raised millions of dollars to meet their need. 

Today 7 of these organizations still survive and continue to care for veterans, preserve historic sites and offer programs in schools. Robert’s book, Grand Army Women: The GAR and Its Female Organizations features the history of each order and offers a collectors guide to their membership and officers badges. His book features 500 full color images of these badges as well as 150 black and white images of their organizations, highlighting the importance of women during this time.

About the Presenter: 

Robert J. Wolz became interested in the Civil War in 1963 at the height of the Civil War Centennial. He joined the Sons of the Union Veterans and served in several local, state and national offices. He was named the National Historian about 15 years ago, and wrote for their quarterly journal, and before that, wrote Grand Army Men: The Gar and its Male Organizations. 

Robert moved to Key West in 1985 and worked at Fort Zachary Taylor when it first opened. He became involved in heritage tourism, starting as a trolley driver, and then becoming the General Manager. Next, he built and ran the Key West Shipwreck Museum. Robert was selected to be the Executive Director of the Truman Little White House in 1999. He organized 17 educational symposia, raised over $2 million for the restoration of that state-owned site. Robert has edited several books on President Truman and national security and the creation of Israel and Presidents in Paradise, the story of the Little White House. Throughout the winter months Robert does about 30 presentations on President Truman and Key West; Key West history and historic preservation (the restoration of the Little White House). 

Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust and Lee Garrison


Key West Art & Historical Society


Old City Hall
510 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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