I’ve just learned that the Friends of the Soldiers Home has scheduled a Fall Fun Fest for October 5th. See the flyer below, and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
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I recently was lucky enough to find two old photographs of the library building at the Soldiers’ Home. The library building was designed by Smithmeyer and Pelz in 1877 and razed in 1910, 33 years later.
The first photo shows the library in the background with the Sherman building in the foreground. As the Sherman building was built in 1889, and as Stanley Hall (built in 1897) isn’t in the photo, it likely dates to the early 1890s.
(Cabinet Card of Sherman Hall and the Soldiers’ Home library ca. 1890s).
The second photo was taken ca. 1905, again showing the library with Stanley Hall in the back ground.
(A magic lantern slide of the library and Stanley Hall ca. 1905).
The library was originally designed for use as an officers billiard room and bowling alley, but its purpose was altered in the midst of construction from that of a clubhouse to a library for enlisted men. Due to its enormous building expense, the elaborate porch was not added until five years after the main structure was finished.
The Soldiers’ Home governor and other members of the board were never overly enthusiastic about the building, and shortly after it was completed passed a rule that future Soldiers’ Home buildings would be designed by military architects.
By 1910, the library was overflowing with 8,000 books and the commissioners decided to build Grant Hall — a much-needed new dormitory — on the site of the library.
The map below shows the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home in 1891, with the site of the library building noted.
The lower grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be open to the community as part of the Fourth of July celebration again this year. In addition to the information provided by the flier below, the Friends of the Soldiers Home blog includes a full list of events and its schedule.
The Friends of the Soldiers Home has schedule their second annual Spring Fling for May 3rd this year. Last year’s event included an afternoon of games, food, and music, so you may want to mark your calendars if you want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home. The flyer is below:
The second annual Soldiers’ Home Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday, October 6th. Details can be found on the flyer below, or at the Friends of the Soldiers Home Website.
At long last, the barbed wire atop the Soldiers’ Home’s historic wrought iron fence along Park Place is gone. Back in May 2010, I reported that the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) was planning to remove the barbed wire … but this was a long-term goal of theirs. I couldn’t be happier that that day finally came to pass.
In addition to removing the barbed wire, the AFRH also plans to paint the fence. I’m not sure when this work will begin, but was left with the impression that it would be soon. I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing this work completed and having the fence once again becoming part of the beauty of the Soldiers’ Home grounds.
Mark your calendars if you’ve ever wanted to take a tour of the Soldiers’ Home that includes going inside some of the historic buildings! In order to participate in this FREE event, simply show up at the Visitor Education Center. Tours of the ‘historic loop’ begin every half hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tours should last approx. 1 hour with the last tour beginning at 2 p.m.
The announcement from the email blast and Lincoln’s Cottage Website is below: