There will be a new exhibit and Civil War history demonstration at the Roebling Museum, “Steadfast under Fire,” in honor of the Gettysburg sesquicentennial, June 22-23, 2013.
Laurel Hill Cemetery is offering a special program on Saturday, June 1 at 1 PM: “1863, Gettysburg Before and After”, A 150th Anniversary Exhibit Opening, Tours, Lecturer and Dinner. Details are in the link below.
Because of a last-minute speaker cancellation, there was no formal presentation this month and a Civil War DVD was viewed instead.
An exhibit of bronze sculptures is currently on display in the upstairs gallery of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. “American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly” is co-curated by William B. Styple and the Museum’s Curator of Collections Ryan Hyman. This new exhibit explores the work of Irish-American sculptor James E. Kelly (1855-1933). In the decades following the American Civil War, over forty Union Generals visited the New York City studio of Kelly, who was highly respected for his artwork’s historical accuracy. While the war heroes sat, the artist conducted in-depth interviews regarding their wartime service, and heard their very personal stories of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Appomattox. The work resulting from these personal interviews presents a unique perspective on the famous figures and events from the Civil War. Also included in this exhibition are Kelly’s depictions of notable events from the Revolutionary War and well known civilians such as Thomas Edison and Clara Barton. Bas reliefs, busts, engravings and bronze sculptures depict these heroes. The collection of Kelly’s work is on loan from private collectors and can be viewed during touring hours. Continue reading
Carol Neumann-Waskie on “An Evening with Clara Barton”
For many years Carol Neumann-Waskie has portrayed Clara Barton in a first-person style, “Living History” performance. An expert on the life of this brave and fearless woman, Carol shared her knowledge as “Clara Barton” at the March 13th meeting of the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table. Continue reading
Roger Arthur on “The Laughing Lincoln: The Wit & Wisdom of Our 16th President”
Can history be fun? You bet! The Forum Room at CCC Blackwood resounded with laughter on the evening of February 20th when Old Baldy guest speaker Roger Arthur regaled us with “The Laughing Lincoln: the Wit and Wisdom of Our 16th President.” A Lincoln scholar, Arthur provided historical context while demonstrating his own mastery of comic timing as he delivered Lincoln’s lines. Our thanks again to Roger Arthur for a presentation that was both educational and highly entertaining. Continue reading
Old Baldy CWRT meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. However, because of meeting room conflicts the March and April meetings have been rescheduled a week earlier, and the May meeting a week later:
- March 13, 2013 — Carol Waskie-Neumann on “Clara Barton (a first-person presentation)”
- April 10, 2013 — Bruce Sirak on “Governor Olden of New Jersey”
- May 22, 2013 — Scott Mingus, Sr. on “Jubal Early in the Advance to Gettysburg”
- June 19, 2013 — Paul Lader, subject to be announced
January 29 – Tuesday
7 – 8:30 pm – Secrets of the H.L. Hunley, Civil War Submarine
Woodbury Public Library
33 Delaware St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Let’s be clear about this: the H.L. Hunley is a Confederate Civil War submarine—CIVIL WAR! That’s impressive. Responsible for sinking the federal ship Housatonic, the sub disappeared for over 130 years before best-selling author Clive Cussler’s National Underwater Marine Agency re-discovered it in 1995. Raised in 2000, today it has a home with The Friends of the Hunley, who continue to uncover the secrets of the ship. Have we piqued your interest? Then join us to learn from Hunley expert Bill Jenkins about this incredible tale.
February 6 – Wednesday
3:00 pm – Annual Black History Symposium at Temple University
Civil War & Emancipation Studies at Temple University (CWEST) sponsors the annual Black History Conference at 3:00pm in Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall on 12th St & Cecil B. Moore Ave. Free & Open to the public. Speakers; books; Discussion – “The Birth of the Unites States Colored Troops (USCT) at the Sesquicentennial”
February 9 – Saturday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Open House at the Union League of Philadelphia
Free tours of the historic Civil War era Union League House at 140 S. Broad St. Philadelphia.
Call 215-563-6500 for details.
February 12 – Tuesday
11:00 am – Annual Lincoln Birthday Celebration Parade and Ceremonies, sponsored by the Union League of Philadelphia
Civil War military units, civilians, and heritage groups are welcome and encouraged to march in the parade through Philadelphia to Independence Hall to honor President Lincoln on his birthday. Participants will gather in the McMichael Room of the Union League, 140 S. Broad St. Convenient FREE parking available for participants near the Union League prior to 11am.
Color Guards, Firing Party, music, and wreaths are appreciated. Complimentary lunch for the participants at 12 noon. After the parade ALL are invited to return to the League via coach for refreshments in the historic Meredith Café.
February 17 – Sunday
12:00 noon – 5:00 pm – 15th Annual Meade Society Symposium, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA
To be held in the Conservatory, at the Chapel at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, the topic of this year’s symposium is “Meade’s Campaigns of 1863 – From Gettysburg to the Rapidan”, featuring noted historian Ed Bearss, other speakers and authors. Books, prints, and raffles. $30 per person, including registration, luncheon, and refreshments.
February 23 – Saturday
11:00 am – Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony, 6th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia
Co-sponsored by the Catto Society, the Gen. Meade Society will honor the great black Civil Rights and military leader, O.V. Catto with a wreath laying ceremony. All military units, period civilians, veterans and heritage groups are encouraged to participate. Colors, wreaths, and music encouraged.
February 28 – Thursday
6 pm – Lincoln Group of New York
3 West Club
Tony Kushner, screenwriter, Lincoln
American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly, in Morristown. See the news item for details.
La Salle University presents Doris Kearns Goodwin, “The Civil War and Philadelphia”
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Tom Gola Arena, Hayman Center
Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium 2013, 9 am – 6 pm
“The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”
National Archives II
Grand Army Museum Preservation Luncheon, 11 am
Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. Philadelphia.
Cost: $40 per person, $75 per couple.
Choice of Beef, Chicken, or Salmon
11am open for book browsing, and signings
12 noon cocktails
2pm presentation: “Myths of the Battle of Gettysburg” by noted historian: LTC Ralph Peters. Presentation of the ‘Grand Army Award’ for preservation efforts. Fundraiser raffle of prints; door prizes; books; sutlers; entertainment; fun!