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The mission of the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum (Museum) is to collect, conserve, and exhibit artifacts and records relating to the tlargest post-Civil War veterans organization (GAR), and to help educate, inform, and foster the memory of the member veterans and the significance of their contributions to the post-Civil War history of the United States
The Grand Army of the Republic, Michigan Department James B. Brainerd Post #111 Memorial Hall and Museum (Michigan’s GAR Memorial Hall and Museum) is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) Michigan nonprofit corporation with the mission of bringing both an informative and educational exposure to the history of the post-Civil War Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) to the state of Michigan. The location for Michigan’s GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is the former James B. Brainerd Post #111 Grand Army of the Republic Hall located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Due to its location in downtown Eaton Rapids and its designation as an historic district, the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and houses over (currently) 2,900 historical artifacts and records relating primarily to the Grand Army of the Republic, but also the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and the Allied Orders of the GAR. All of the historical artifacts have been donated or loaned to Michigan’s GAR Memorial Hall and Museum for the purpose of fostering the memory and preserving the artifacts of the GAR in a historic setting.
The building housing Michigan’s GAR Memorial Hall and Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Island City Historic District.