Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Inventory created by Archives Staff 10/1997. Last revised 05/2022.
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.
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EXTENT: 0.25 linear feet
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The American Legion, Conrad-Hoover Post 21, 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. . There are also materials from the 100th anniversary celebration in August 2019.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The American Legion is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of United States service men and women. The organization was established in 1919 when a members of the American Expeditionary Force convened a caucus in Paris, France. It was chartered by Congress in September 1919. In 1942, the Legion extended membership eligibility to include U.S. veterans of any conflict. The Legion is organized into posts throughout the United States and in some overseas locations.
The Robert Y. Conrad Post of Winchester, Virginia 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.
CITE AS: American Legion, Conrad-Hoover Post 21, Winchester, VA Collection, 940 WFCHS/THL,
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA
ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.
News articles, unnumbered leaves, printed
History – “American Legion Post 21 – A brief chronological history” by Bill Germelman, Post Adjutant, August 17, 2019, 3 leaves, typescript
Armistice Day Memorial Services (folder includes the following):
1946, 1 leaf, printed, 2 copies
1947, 2 pages, printed
1948, 2 pages, printed
100th Anniversary Celebration – program, Aug 17, 2019, 1 item, printed
Programs for shows sponsored by the American Legion, 3 items (folder includes the following):
“As You Was,” March 25, 1920
“Fire at Will,” February17, 1927
“Two Farce Comedies,” April 24, 1922
Battlefield and cemetery tour of France, 1927, photographs, postcards, notes, unnumbered, printed
Scrapbook depicting American Legion France Convention, 1927, 1 item