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GAR HallGAR Hall Trustees

2013 Annual Report

The Year 2013 was an exemplary year for Hingham's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall in our Town.

On Saturday, May 25, Veterans and all of our Citizens celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the G.A.R. Memorial Hall, which was constructed by returning Civil War Veterans' in 1888. The day was fun and full of educational events for the entire family. There was an encampment on the Town Common, just as it was 150 years ago, re-living history again! At the same time, there was a well-attended open house of the G. A. R. Hall with the impressive display of military memorabilia from The Revolutionary, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and up to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hingham can be justifiably proud of the time, effort and caring for the perpetuation of the Historic Memorial Hall: Our town is one of less than ten that continues to support and maintain this gem of a building in the Commonwealth. At the end of the Civil War, there were nearly 200 such Halls. The Veterans extend an appreciation to our Town's leaders.

The continuing participation of Hingham High School's sophomore class in the day long visit and involvement in meeting and listening to the experiences from our Veterans is a great lesson in our nation's history. Nearly 200 Students hear first hand those events and are left with a true understanding and feeling for the sacrifices all Veterans endure in those experiences. This year's event is already scheduled.

On December 7, the VFW Post conducted their 4th annual Voice of Democracy Essay Contest celebration for grades 9-12th, along with the Patriots Pen for grades 6-8th. The contest winners, their parents and families participated with Superintendent Galo, our three Selectmen, the Principal of St. Paul's school and other town-wide teachers. The Honorable Bill Ramsey, acted as the emcee. It was an exciting day.

For the first time, The G.A.R. Memorial Hall was placed on the Hingham Historical Society's Annual House Tour, and Museum Day. Many citizens observed the war artifacts and the building for the first time. It was successful for all concerned.

The Trustees continue the biannual Art Conservation Maintenance program to maintain the integrity of the G.A.R. collection and extend a sincere appreciation for the support and vision of our Town's Leaders in continuing the mission of our Memorial Hall. Additionally, The American Legion Post 120, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6053, Bare Cove Sail and Power Boat Squadron, and The Hingham Militia continue to meet here on a monthly basis.

Respectfully submitted by the Trustees:
Scott McMillan, Chair
Keith Jermyn, Treasurer
Robert Beal, Jr.


(Appt. By Selectmen,ART 40, ATM 1944)

Term Expires

Keith Jermyn


Robert Beal, Jr.


Scott McMillan