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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president

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May 27

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The March meeting will be live-streamed and NOT a gathering at the GAR Hall.

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Snyder County Boys

Sue Boardman

Many of you know of my love for the veterans of Company G, 147th PA Volunteers.  It started with the acquisition of a diary in 1991.  Its writer, Michael Schroyer, revealed the human side of war to me while he led me from place to place as he described them in the diary and later expanded account.  The journey eventually led me to Gettysburg.  This presentation will share some of the very human details about these “goodly hundred” Pennsylvania Germans, both during and after the war. Do they fit descriptions of the “average” Civil War soldier?  Tune in and find out.

Sue Boardman, a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2001, is a two-time recipient of the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Guiding. Sue is a recognized expert of not only the Battle of Gettysburg but also the National Park’s early history including its many monuments and the National Cemetery.

Beginning in 2004, Sue served as historical consultant for the Gettysburg Foundation for the new museum project as well as for the massive project to conserve and restore the Gettysburg cyclorama.   She also served on the advisory committee during the restoration of the Atlanta Cyclorama (2017-2019).  She has authored a book on the history of the Cyclorama titled “The Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide” and co-authored “The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas.”  Sue has also authored “Elizabeth Thorn: Wartime Caretaker of Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery” and has published articles in a number of Civil War periodicals.

Sue is Director Emeritus of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Leadership program,  In the Footsteps of Leaders, which has been well-received by corporate, government, non-profit and educational groups.  Sue is on the design committee to install a children’s museum in the Rupp House History Center.  She serves on the board of the Adams County Historical Society, where she is a member of the committee to build a new museum scheduled to open in 2022.   Sue also served as President of the historic Evergreen Cemetery Association and is currently on the Board of Trustees.   She has worked as an adjunct instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College and Susquehanna University. 

Sue is a native of Danville, PA and an Honors Graduate from Penn State/Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing and attended Bloomsburg University.  A 23-year career as an ER nurse preceded her career at Gettysburg.  She and her husband Ken live in Bonneauville with their two dogs.


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OFFICERS

Bruce Davis ..............................................President

Peter Miele ............................................Vice President

Eleanor Cingire Bilz...........................Recording Secretary

Linda Seamon...............................Membership Secretary

David Diner...................................................Treasurer

Roger Heller .......................................Program Director

Linda Joswick .............................................Webmaster

Lynn Heller.................................Facebook Administrator

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BOARD MEMBERS

Fred Hawthorne (5/22), Lynn Heller (5/24), Roger Heller (5/22), Michele Hessler (5/23), Abbie Hoffman (5/23), Leon Reed 5/24)
Board Member Ex Officio:
Therese Orr

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are are virtual meetings until it is safe to meet again. Minutes will be posted.

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COMMITTEES

Plaque Committee:
Reviews and places plaques on buildings that existed during the Battle in Adams County. For information or an application, contact Deb Novotny.

Book Award Committee:
Review books for the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award.

Field Trip Committee:
Plan future trips for the members of the Civil War Roundtable.

If you are interested in more information, or joining, one the committees, please contact any Officer or Board Member.

EVENT INFORMATION

Save The Date 
Saturday, June 5, 2021*

Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Field Trip

Walk/Tour of "Lost Avenue"

Led by Dean Schultz

We are scheduled to depart from the Baker Farm on the Baltimore Pike at 9:30 AM on Saturday June 5, 2021. The tour will be over at approximately noon.

Attendees are asked to wear a mask.

This tour is for Members Only. There is no charge.

*The bus Field Trip to Harrisburg with Cooper Wingert has been canceled.

 


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Dear Members and Friends of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg,

I’ve been thinking on a line from a Tennessee Williams play. A character asks, “What’s the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?” This is the answer: “Just staying on it, I guess….” Maybe the same can be said for a cold covid winter: Just coping may be a victory of sorts. On the upside, I guess: It was so frigid and windy on January 28 that a lot of our members might not have come out for an in person gathering. As it was, the coronavirus-forced adaptation to livestreaming gave us the luxury of hearing Pete Miele’s excellent presentation from the warmth of our own homes, joined by viewers from upstate New York, Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, California, Wisconsin, both Carolinas, Fall River, Massachusetts, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri and Kansas, and across Pennsylvania. While many of those may have friends of Pete, it was still pretty neat.

That said, we’re anxious for the day we can resume meeting in person. The Board has set a goal of spending summer on the battlefield, with a September return to the G.A.R.. As previously noted, we will continue to livestream and archive our programs. Note also: We’ve cancelled the April bus trip to Harrisburg, but are looking at other field trip options.

Unlike last year, when the coronavirus threw our elections off-kilter, we’re going to stick with the timetable set forth in the by-laws: A nominations committee of Richard Mancini, Linda Seamon and Michele Hessler will present a slate for consideration in March with the election held in April. We’ll follow a process much like what we finally resorted to last fall—what amounted to an e-vote.

If we have your e-mail address, by now you’ve received multiple invitations to join our new group e-mail program through groups.io. So far, we have 125 “subscribers”—not that it costs anything. This is proving to be a very efficient way to communicate. If you aren’t receiving these mailings, but would like to, let me know via my personal e-mail: brdgettysburg@gmail.com.

It occurs to me that our February meeting will mark the one-year anniversary of our last gathering at the G.A.R. before the virus shut us down. I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support. Dave Diner tells me we’ve had a remarkable number of membership renewals. That means a lot. If you’ve not reupped, it would be a source of encouragement if you did. Of course, the greatest encouragement will be seeing your faces when we’re on the battlefield this summer.

While you’ll find everything you need to know about our February program elsewhere on this page, this may be worth noting: Gene Schmiel had originally been scheduled to address us in November 2019, but the meeting was cancelled on account of weather. That shouldn’t be an issue this time!

 
Bruce Davis
President
brdgettysburg@gmail.com

SPEAKERS

June 24 (29)
Larry Korczyz
Chapman Biddle's Brigade

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July 22 (29)
Terese Orr
Frances Irsch and the 45th NY

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Aug 26 (31)
Stuart Dempsey
11th Corps topic (specific topic not chosen yet)

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September 23
Zachery Fry
Politics in the Army of the Potomac

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October 28
Bradley Gottfried
Point Lookout Prison

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November 18
Scott Rosenau
Lincoln and the Founders of the Nation

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December 2nd (Holiday Banquet)
Kevin Pawlak
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

 


 

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