The National Memorial Day Museum

The National Memorial Day Museum

 The National Memorial Day Museum

Created to remember the soldiers lost during the Civil War, this museum is located in Waterloo, NY, the only federally recognized birthplace of Memorial Day. The idea for the celebrated Memorial Day happened during the fall of 1865 when Henry C. Wells, a local Druggist proposed that a commemoration be held to honor the sacrifice of all the young men lost.  General John B. Murray quickly became involved with the effort and on May 5, 1866 the first Memorial Day was held. The National Memorial Day Museum is in the William H. Burton House, a historic home located at Waterloo in Seneca County, NY.  The house originally was an 1830s Federal-style residence and was modified around 1870 to its present Italianate style.  In 1965 the Waterloo Library and Historical Society purchased the building to house the collections and memorabilia related to the birthplace of Memorial Day in Waterloo in 1866. The National Memorial Day Museum Official Website