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Anderson House   History


As the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati for more than seventy years, Anderson House has forged its own place in the life of the institution. On May 16, 1938—155 years after the Society's founding and a year after Larz Anderson's death—Isabel Anderson formally donated Anderson House and much of its furnishings to the Society. The deed of gift recorded the initial purpose of the gift of Anderson House "as the National Headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, or as a public museum." The house became both for the Society, and opened to the public for the first time as a museum in December 1939. The Society's research library followed in 1973, established on the lower level of the building.

Even before the gift, the Society had a prominent place at Anderson House in its architecture and decorations. As Larz Anderson wrote in 1932: "I felt that our house might be an especially suitable place for a gathering of the Cincinnati (of which I am so proud to be a member) because there had been introduced into its architecture so many features that commemorated the famous Society." The Society's Eagle insignia appears in the stone pediment at the top of the building's façade, in the murals in the Choir Stall Room and Great Stair Hall, and in the center of the Ballroom ceiling. And the Society's founding and citizen-soldier ideal are celebrated in the murals in the Key Room, which Larz Anderson named the "Apotheosis of the Spirit of the Cincinnati." Read More<

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Society of the
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From the Library's Anderson Family Collection Headquarters

Watercolor sketch of the Society of the Cincinnati Eagle
By Pierre L'Enfant, 1783
The Society of the Cincinnati Archives

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