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Remember to Write: 150 Years of Letters Home

Remember to Write: 150 Years of Letters Home               Writing home has always been a part of the National Guard’s history tracing back to the colonial militias.  Letters and packages from love ones are a crucial factor in maintaining high spirits and morale.  They provide a brief escape to normalcy during times of conflict [...]

NGEF Hosts Book Panel

  On July 26, 2017, NGEF hosted a panel review of Major MJ Hegar’s Shoot Like a Girl.  NGEF hosted approximately 25 guests from around the local area for a round-table discussion of Major Hegar’s fascinating autobiography, Shoot Like a Girl.  The title refers to the oft quoted rubric that women shoot better than men because [...]

AGAUS 2017

AGAUS visits the National Capital Foodbank during Conference Weekend.   This year, as in years past, the Adjutant General Association of the United States (AGAUS) held their conference at the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, DC.  The National Guard Memorial is also home to NGEF and we were delighted to escort the AGAUS Spouses around the [...]

The D.C. Riots of 1968

    The day James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., rioting broke out in several historically black neighborhoods in D.C. People were devastated, frustrated, and filled with confusion and rage. All of these emotions erupted into chaos for three days in April 1968. President Johnson deployed over 13,000 Federal troops, including 1,750 [...]

Innovations in National Guard Officership in WWI

Innovations in National Guard Officership in WWI At the onset of World War I, military officership was formed around ideas of education, class, and noblesse oblige.  Officers in both the National Guard and Regular Army were usually selected through personal or political connections and trained through apprenticeship.  Increasing the size of the officer corps by [...]

Intern Program at the National Guard Memorial Museum, Library, and Archive

The Intern Program at the National Guard Memorial Museum is entering its 4th successful year with over a dozen interns having passed through our artifact room! What started as a small initiative to expand the staff through volunteerism quickly grew into a program designed to educate and support students of Museum Studies in the local [...]

NGEF Supports AGAUS Conference 2016

The National Guard Educational Foundation does more than manage a Museum, Library, and Archive!  Along with hosting an Army Ten-Miler Team, an annual Golf Tournament, and two scholarships for the benefit of National Guard soldiers and airmen, NGEF staff supports the Adjutant General Association of the United States (AGAUS) during their annual conferences.  This year, [...]

NGAUS Conference Transcripts from 1879 to Present

    The National Guard Association of the United States (“NGAUS”) will be holding its 137th General Conference September 10-13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee (#NGAUS2015). The National Guard Educational Foundation (“NGEF”) Archives maintains a full transcript of every General Conference NGAUS holds! You can see the picture of the first and third Conference transcripts above [...]

NGEF Staff Visits the National Museum of the Marine Corps

On March 3, 2015, the NGEF Staff and Interns visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. NGEF is fortunate to host Ms. Sara Halpert from the graduate school program in Museum Studies at George Washington University and Ms. Kristee Copley from the iSchool at the University of Maryland in Library Sciences. [...]

Maryland 1812 Commemorative Exhibit

As you can see from the last blog entry, the National Guard Educational Foundation staff has been very lucky to form a friendship with the Maryland National Guard and the Maryland Military Historical Society. All credit goes to H Stephen Blum (LTG, ret.) and Kerry McIntyre (LTC, ret.) On our last trip to the 5th [...]