Civil War Room

Welcome to the Capt. Thomas Espy Post No.153 of the Grand Army of the Republic

Espy Post: A True National Treasure

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is home to one of the last remaining Grand Army of the Republic Posts left in the country! The Capt. Thomas Espy Post No. 153 was chartered in 1879 and moved into the library in 1906.

When the last Civil War veteran member died in 1938, the Room was locked and left undisturbed for 50 years as a virtual time capsule.

Not only does it house invaluable artifacts, but the room itself provides a unique historical record of the first part of the century. It was meticulously restored in 2010.

Espy Post Hours:

Ongoing tours on Saturdays between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Free and open to the public. For weekday appointments contact Jon-Erik Gilot at

2nd Saturday Civil War Series

Group Visits

Docent Program

Espy Post Collections

Restoration of the Espy Post

Espy Post in the News

Grand Army of the Republic

9th Pennsylvania Reserves