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Roebling Museum Event, June 22-23

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.

Roebling museum

American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly

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

Meeting of March 13, 2013

Carol Neumann-Waskie on “An Evening with Clara Barton”

Clara Barton

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

Meeting of February 20, 2013

Roger Arthur on “The Laughing Lincoln: The Wit & Wisdom of Our 16th President”

man standing with a book

Roger Arthur with Lincoln

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

Changes in March–May Meeting Dates

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

Upcoming Events, January 2013

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.

Upcoming Events, February 2013

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”

To register: (215-204-5452)

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.

To register: Contact Dr. Andy Waskie. 215-204-5452 –

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.

To reserve or for additional information, contact Jerry McCormick,

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.

For information, contact Dr. Andy Waskie at 215-204-5452 or

February 28 – Thursday

6 pm – Lincoln Group of New York
3 West Club
Tony Kushner, screenwriter, Lincoln
Harold Holzer

Upcoming Events, March 2013

March 17

American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly, in Morristown. See the news item for details.

March 21

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

March 23

Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium 2013, 9 am – 6 pm
“The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”
National Archives II
Adelphia, MD

March 23

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
1pm luncheon
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!

To reserve contact: or call 215-289-6484
Deadline to reserve: March 16, 2013