Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The American Legion, Winchester, VA Collection contains materials such as programs for shows sponsored by the American Legion from 1920 and 1927; memorabilia from a battlefield and cemetery tour of France (1927); and a scrapbook from a 1927 American Legion Convention in France all of which are associated with the Conrad-Hoover Post 21 of Winchester, VA.
(1 box) Last updated 07/15.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The American Legion first came to Virginia in April of 1919 when a committee was sent from France by the Paris Caucus. A group of ex-service men from all over Virginia were elected as a temporary state executive committee to oversee the local posts in their election of delegates to represent Virginia at the national caucus in St. Louis on May 8-10, 1919. It was at this caucus that the American Legion was launched as a national organization.
The Robert Y. Conrad Post of Winchester, VA was the 21st post set up in Virginia. Major Conrad was killed in World War I at the Battle of Meuse-Argonne. After World War II, the name was changed to the Conrad-Hoover Post, in honor of Charles Hoover, the first Winchester-Frederick County resident killed in action during World War II.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Taken from the collection.
CITE AS: American Legion, Winchester, VA Collection, 940 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
BOX 1 Conrad-Hoover Post 21
Programs for shows sponsored by the American Legion, 3 items, printed
“As You Was,” March 25, 1920
“Fire at Will,” February 17, 1927
“Two Farce Comedies,” April 24, 1922
Battlefield and cemetery tour of France, 1927, photographs, postcards, and notes, unnumbered items, printed
Scrapbook depicting American Legion France Convention, 1927, 1 item