Morning: Michigan’s GAR Memorial Hall and Museum - Home to the former James Brainerd GAR Post #111, this museum is the only one of its type in the state that is solely dedicated to ensuring that the history and contributions of the GAR are not forgotten. Built by the GAR in 1886, the Italianate two-storied red brick structure houses over 3,000 artifacts and records.
Afternoon: Michigan’s Civil War Battle Flags - Approximately 90,000 Michigan soldiers fought in the American Civil War and almost 15,000 made the ultimate sacrifice. The bullet-torn, blood-stained battle flags that these men carried and died beneath were their proudest possessions. They now are all archivally preserved for all to see at the state’s museum. As an added bonus, an opportunity will be provided to tour the excellent Civil War display at the state museum.
Afternoon: Sunfield Samuel W. Grinnel GAR Post No. 283 and Welch Museum - Built by the GAR in 1898-1899, this GAR Hall was dedicated in October 1899 and is an excellent example of a small rural GAR Post. The hall still contains GAR flags, medals, photographs furniture, ritual equipment, and records. Two cannon brought to Sunfield by the GAR in 1900 are positioned on either side of the hall. Welch Museum - Take a trip back to when times were slower and simpler with this walk through the history of Sunfield with its 1860s log cabin (re-built inside the museum), 1927 Reo Fire Truck, and many other local displays and artifacts.