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Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers
Credits
The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itinerary was produced by the National Park Service Heritage Education Services and Federal Preservation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs Historic Preservation Office, the National Preservation Institute, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers travel itinerary is based primarily on registration information on historic places in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks collections. These archives are kept at 1201 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC and are open to the public. 

Kathleen Schamel, Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Preservation Officer, created the idea for the travel itinerary with the assistance of Doug Pulak, Deputy Federal Preservation Officer. Darlene Richardson, Veterans Affairs historian provided valuable assistance. The itinerary was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Historic Preservation Office through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the National Preservation Institute. Constance W. Ramirez, Director, and John Sprinkle, Deputy Director, of the National Park Service's Federal Preservation Institute and Jere Gibber, Executive Director, of the National Preservation Institute coordinated the cooperative agreement.

Carol Shull, Chief, Heritage Education Services, National Park Service managed production and edited the itinerary.  Kelly Merrifield, contractor with the National Preservation Institute, wrote the contextual essays, descriptions, and other sections of the itinerary, and selected the photographs. James Rosenthal and Jett Lowe from the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record took the Historic American Buildings Survey photographs used in the itinerary.  The historic photographs and postcards were provided by Tessa Kalman, Dayton VA Medical Center Archives, and Jill Zahn, Milwaukee VA Medical Center Library. The VA Voluntary Service provided photographs of the volunteers.

Hyejung Kwon designed the original computer template for the itineraries as the practicum for her Masters of Tourism Administration (MTA) at George Washington University’s School of Business, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management.   Kathryn Warnes, contractor with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, has adjusted the template. Kelly Merrifield programmed the itinerary into the template. Amber Dumler, contractor with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, provided advice to assist with the programming of the itinerary. Tomas Ramirez, graduate student in George Washington University's School of Business, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management also assisted in the preparation of the itinerary.

The itinerary was produced with the support of the National Park Service's Jon Smith, Assistant Associate Director for Heritage Preservation Services; Bryan Mitchell, Chief, Heritage Preservation Services; Paul Loether, Chief, National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks; and Richard O’Connor, Chief, Historical Documentation Programs.  Jeff Joeckel of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks staff provided very valuable advice and assistance in the development of the itinerary, as did John Byrne, the National Register Database Manager.

Homepage Photo Captions: Dayton National Cemetery, Ward Memorial Hall at the Northwestern Branch, Pond at the Central Branch, Chapel at the Danville Branch, Main Entrance to the Central Branch, by James Rosenthal, Historic American Buildings Survey photographer; Ward Memorial Hall, 1894 Souvenir Book of the Northwestern Branch, Reading Room at the Central Branch, Dining Hall at the Central Branch, Veterans sword fighting at the Central Branch, Billiards Room in the Clubhouse at the Central Branch, courtesy of the Dayton VA Archives; Dennis Va De Car helps David Daniels with crafts, veterans talking, VA recreation event, from VA Voluntary Service.

Site Description Banner Photo Captions: Bath Domiciliary, Bath National Cemetery, by Jet Lowe Historic American Engineering Record photographer; Hot Springs National Cemetery, Administration Building at Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Sandstone Staircase at Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Pond at the Central Branch, Bandstand at the Central Branch, Chapel at the Central Branch, Hospital at the Eastern Branch, Bandstand at the Danville Branch, Carnegie Library, Chapel at the Marion Branch, Street view of the domiciliary at the Marion Branch, Marion National Cemetery, Building at Mountain Branch, Landscape at the Mountain Branch, Old Main at the Northwestern Branch, Old Main detail, Ward Memorial Hall at the Northwestern Branch, Landscape at the Pacific Branch, Hospital Building at the Pacific Branch, Detail of the Dual Chapel at the Pacific Branch, Detail of building at the Southern Branch, Interior of the chapel at the Southern Branch, Administration building at the Southern Branch, all from James Rosenthal, Historic American Buildings Survey photographer; building at the Western Branch, Western Branch National Cemetery, building at the Western Branch, by Doug Pulak.

Essay Banner Captions: Men on Congress Hill, Officers and Non-commissioned Officers at the Northwestern Branch, Milwaukee VA Library; Band Review at the Central Branch, Library interior at the Central Branch, Barracks interior at the Central Branch, Dayton VA Archives; men standing outside a building at the Danville Branch, Danville VAMC; volunteer and veteran at a fish fry, veteran and volunteers going through the ocean, veteran and volunteers with a fish, from VA Voluntary Service.

List of Sites Page Side Panel and Banner Photo Captions: Danville Branch Chapel Interior Chicago and Northwestern Branch Administration Building, James Rosenthal, Historic American Buildings Survey photographer. Men in front of building at the Southern Branch, Library of Congress, Men in kitchen at the Central Branch, Dayton VA Archives; Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton VA Archives.


Other Banner Photo Captions: Old Main at the Northwestern Branch, Administration Building at Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Dayton National Cemetery, Sandstone Staircase at Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Bandstand at the Central Branch, Danville National Cemetery Monument, Central Branch Pond, Obelisk at the Battle Mountain Sanitarium National Cemetery, Old Main at the Northwestern Branch, Administration Building at Battle Mountain Sanitarium, by James Rosenthal, Historic American Buildings Survey photographer; the 1891 lithograph Eastern Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine, Library of Congress; Central Branch Lithograph, Men in the kitchen making coffee, Dayton National Cemetery with wreaths, Dayton VA Archives

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