American Legion Jefferson Post No. 15 Papers
Kentucky Historical SocietyFrankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], American Legion Jefferson Post No. 15. Papers, 1926-1961, 94M02,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
1 box,.5 c.f.
The American Legion was created in 1919 by "The Paris Caucus" and headquartered in Indianapolis. This caucus consisted of veterans of the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.) of World War I with the hopes that such an organization would be able to promote partriotism and the nation's welfare as a whole; encourage military manners in civilian life; help disabled veterans receive care; and continue the friendships made during the war. The first meeting of the Jefferson Post No. 15 was held in 1919 at the Jefferson County Armory. The new post selected Sam H. McMeekin as the first commander.
The collection contains materials relating to the Jefferson Post No. 15 of the American Legion in Louisville, Kentucky. The items include listings of all Jefferson County members, a book detailing the American Legion's actions in Paris in the early twentienth century, and a notebook containing the minutes from the Drill Corps of the Jefferson Post No. 15. The notebook includes minutes, constitutions and by-laws of the organization, and music sheets, as well as meeting notices, funeral announcements, and membership rosters. There is also a collection of Jefferson Post Drum Corps Contest registration forms for a Minneapolis convention in 1961. A copy of a LOS ANGELES TIMES newspaper from 1934 with an article about the Legion promoting the use of fingerprinting to curb crime is also present.
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