National Headquarters and Museum
503 South Walnut Street
Museum and Library Hours
Our Mailing Address:
National Headquarters – DUVCW
PO Box 211
Springfield, IL 62705-0211
Our organization was organized on May 30, 1885 by Olive Howard, Harriet Knapp, Eva Merwin, Frank Merwin, and Bertha Martin. They held the first meeting on June 3, 1885 at the home of Eva Merwin,
We were incorporated December 12, 1885 in
Our original name was National Alliance Daughters of Veterans and we were endorsed by the Grand Army of the Republic at the 34th Annual Encampment held in
During our 35th National Encampment, held in
Our Federal Charter was granted by Public Law 99-172 on December 9, 1985.
Our Museum preserves countless artifacts of Civil War history, including rifles, medals, photographs, currency, drums, uniforms, and letters from soldiers at the front. A gift shop offers a variety of books about the Civil War and other memorabilia.
Located next to the Museum is a 2,800 square foot “American foursquare” house built in 1898, which has been converted into a Library and
A memorial brick garden was dedicated in 2010 at the Museum, with memorial bricks honoring our Founders, Members, Civil War Veterans, and Veterans of all wars.