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Add to your post history page

Since its introduction in 2013, nearly 2,600 post history pages have been started on The American Legion’s Centennial Celebration website. Their rates of completion vary from robust pages full of photo galleries, timeline events and other information, to basic shells.

It is to the benefit of both the post and The American Legion as a whole for pages to be filled out as much as possible. For the post, a robust page can serve as an attractive demonstration to the community of the history of service the post has rendered. Along with a vision statement or list of future plans, it can also demonstrate the post’s commitment to a second century of such service.

As for the benefits to the national organization, a new, more externally focused Centennial website will be released in the near future, with a multitude of kinds of content reflecting Legion history on every level – including local. Much as posts with interesting pictures on their pages have ended up in The American Legion Magazine, a post can end up in a prominent position on this new website, which will be heavily promoted in Legion media.

Resources are available on the Centennial Celebration website to help posts add to – or start – a history page. In addition to the post history workbook at www.legion.org/centennial/workbook, a video tutorial in the Tools section walks posts through the process of gathering its history and putting it online – thereby saving the information from the vagaries of crumbling paper and yellowing photographs.

With more than 13,000 Legion posts in all, the participation rate on the Centennial Celebration website currently sits at about 20 percent. As the vanguard of preserving and presenting the Legion’s history, the more content posts can get online, the better the Legion on every level can tell its story.