Women in Preservation: How the West Side Soldiers' Aid Society Paved the Way for the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home


(l.) Lydia Ely Hewitt, President, Wisconsin Soldiers' Home; (r.) Fanny Burling Buttrick, Vice President, Wisconsin Soldiers' Home


The Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home was one of the first soldiers' homes in the country, and the only one where it's still possible to experience the buildings and designed landscape together in something close to their original form. The 90-acre campus has served veterans continuously since shortly after the Civil War and includes some of the oldest buildings in the entire VA system.


But this special site would not have been possible in the first place without the dedicated efforts of the West Side Soldiers' Aid Society, a group of women in Milwaukee committed to creating a place for veterans to heal and recuperate. 


Click here to read their story on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's blog.