Grand Army Home

Grand Army Home (HM29M)

Location: Waupaca, WI 54981 Waupaca County
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N 44° 20.285', W 89° 8.726'

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The Grand Army Home was established in 1887 by the Wisconsin Department of the Grand Army of the Republic, a nationwide organization of Union veterans of the Civil War (1861-1865). The Home provided care for indigent veterans and their wives in a pleasant community setting. The city of Waupaca donated seventy-eight acres along scenic Rainbow Lake to the veterans, and the local branch of the Women's Relief Corps (an auxiliary of the G.A.R.) constructed several cottages on the site. This was the first veterans' home in the nation to allow women to become members. Dr. Frederick A. Marden, a G.A.R. member from Milwaukee, originated the concept of a co-educational veterans' retirement community. He also devised the Home's cottage plan. Marden believed that elderly soldiers and their wives were owed a debt of gratitude for their service to the imperiled Union and that they would find contentment in the modest cottages and tree-shaded lanes at King.
HM NumberHM29M
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number283
Year Placed1988
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 1:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 328970 N 4911662
Decimal Degrees44.33808333, -89.14543333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 20.285', W 89° 8.726'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 20' 17.10" N, 89° 8' 43.56" W
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Area Code(s)715, 920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-69 Wright Ave, Waupaca WI 54981, US
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