It’s not too late to register for the upcoming March program The Chicago Genealogical Society is co-hosting with the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC). This will be a special tour and program of the National Museum of the American Sailor on March 4, 2017.

The National Museum of the American Sailor collects and preserves artifacts and personal archival materials about the United States Navy’s enlisted Sailors from 1775 to the present. The museum’s historical collections reflect the global travels of naval enlisted personnel. Donated personal materials include personal letters, photo albums, and scrapbooks of Sailors and WAVES; the largest public collection of recruit group photographs and yearbooks; uniforms, flags, and personal artifacts; and pamphlets, postcards, and rare printed materials, including the Great Lakes Bulletin, the Navy’s oldest continuously published base newspaper.

We will receive a guided tour of the museum exhibits and also a talk on researching naval personnel. The museum is located in the naval station’s historic “Hostess House”, the visitor center for all public visitors to the naval station during the Second World War and Korean War years. The building was the site for concerts, dances, war bond rallies and last visits.

Tour will begin at 10:00am at 2531 Sheridan Road, Building 42, Great Lakes, IL. Free for CGS & AAGHSC members and non-members. There is plenty of free parking and the museum is a 7 minute walk from the Metra Rail Great Lakes stop on the Union Pacific North line. Note: there are sidewalks on Sheridan Road but you will have to cross Sheridan Road at one of two stop lights. We should be done by 11:30am.


This program is free but the museum is requiring pre-registration to attend. So register at or email CGS at

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Still Time to Register – National Museum of the American Sailor