Legion history contests postponed until May 2021
An entry into a recent Legion history contest. (The American Legion)

Legion history contests postponed until May 2021

One traditional event during The American Legion’s Fall Meetings in Indianapolis in October is the annual meeting of the National Association of Department Historians of The American Legion (NADHAL), before which the gathering of past and present national and department historians reviews entries in the post and department history-book contests.

With the 2020 Fall Meetings schedule revised due to the COVID-19 pandemic, American Legion National Historian James “Jim” Mariner has announced that the 2019-2020 national history contests will now be judged during the May 2021 Spring Meetings. The guidelines will be those of the 2019 Officer’s Guide. Since many department contests are held during mid-winter conferences or conventions, the postponement will allow time for the contests to take place. The new historian workshop also set for the Fall Meetings has been canceled.

NADHAL intends to meet virtually sometime this fall; plans are in development. The pandemic has bumped up in priority an issue that was already under discussion: the possibility of electronic entries and judging. But this contest will remain in the traditional format.