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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 [...]

NGAUS D-Day Battlefield Tour, 2016

This year, NGEF was proud to sponsor the first NGAUS D-Day Battlefield Tour! 15 participants were led by BG (ret) Theodore Shuey on an unforgettable adventure to learn about the sacrifice and victories of Allied forces in Normandy. Archivist Ryan Trainor attended the trip as a representative of NGEF. The tour explored the Dog Green [...]

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, [...]

239th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, August 27th 1776

NGEF’s Archivist, Ryan Trainor had the pleasure of visiting Brooklyn, New York with members of the Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution last month in commemoration of the 239th anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle which occurred there. It is regarded by military historians as one of the most resounding battles of the Revolutionary [...]

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 [...]