Past Meetings

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Pat Gradwohl presents Sarah Elder with the CWRTWM Monuments Book Vol 2 after Sarah's talk on "The Civil War in St. Joseph, MO"29 members were present at the July meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri.  Hold it, make that 30.  We added a new member.  29 or 30, all present enjoyed a wonderful fact filled presentation by Sarah Elder on how the Civil War effected St. Joseph, MO.  We often concentrate so hard on the war in Jackson County that we sometimes forget that other communities suffered.  Sarah brought compelling stories of how the citizens survived the war.  If the number of questions asked is any indication, our members were engaged and intrigued by the presentation.  So, next month on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 PM please count yourself in and join us as Larry Wood presents the Bushwhacker Belles.

Jim Beckner gives a presentation on "Confederate Veterans Homes"This month was our annual indoor picnic!  Lots of great food was homecooked side dishes and desserts were shared with the CWRTWM provided fried chicken.  To top it off, Jim Beckner gave an excellent presentation on "The Story of the Confederate Veterans Home at Higginsville, MO" including a short history of the creation of Confederate various veteran's homes across the country and their locations.  It was interesting to learn that, without federal funding, how the Confederate veterans who weren't able to care for themselves were cared for.

For our next month's meeting, Bob Ford is scheduled to give a presentation on the "Civil War in St. Joe".  You won't want to miss this one.

Keith Nelson speaks on the Chouteau family's impact on MissouriTerry Chronister, Second VP, reported 34 members in attendance for the April meeting.  Can you count yourself among the 34?  If not, you missed an interesting presentation on the importance of the Chouteau family in the early development of Jackson and Clay counties.

Here is your warning, next month Jim Ogle of Freedom’s Frontier will present on the history of Kansas.  The histories of Kansas and Missouri are forever intertwined.  I urge you to come join us to discover or justify, just what is a “Jayhawk” and why would anyone want that particular symbol for their university.  I’m baffled.

~ Mike Calvert, President
~ Photo by Charles Childs

Jim Ogle of Freedom's Frontier presents "History of the State of Kansas"What was your reason this time?  No, that’s ok. I don’t need to know.  I do know that you missed an extremely interesting presentation by Jim Ogle of Freedom’s Frontier on the Quindaro National site.  You know the one that has been on all the news.  If you could have been with the 24 other history buffs, you would have learned the inside skinny on what the future looks like for the site.  Oh well, too late now.

What isn’t too late is to plan for our June meeting.  It’s our annual picnic and if the past predicts the future then good food will abound.  But, I can’t forget our speaker, Jim Beckner a long time friend and regional expert on the Confederate Home at Higginsville, Missouri, the subject of his presentation.  Please join us for food, fellowship and to gain some knowledge of how the Confederate Veteran and spouse were cared for in their declining years.

~ Mike Calvert, President
~ Photo by Paul Bond

Doug Richardson speaks on the campaign for Ft. Donelson at the March meeting of the CWRTWMRight now, you just looked at your calendar and discovered you missed the March meeting of the Round Table.  You remember, the one I told you about last month.  Let me tell you what you missed:

    1. Doug Richardson of the National Park Service relating the campaign for Ft. Donelson
    2. A master story teller making history come alive
    3. Fellowship with other people that share your interest in  Civil War history

Thirty one members and guests sat spell bound as the human story of a decisive campaign (historians will say where the end of the Civil War began) was unfolded for them by Doug.

Get out your calendar and mark Wednesday, April 10 as the night you will be at the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri’s membership meeting to hear historian Keith Nelson present the “The History of Missouri and the Chouteau Family.”  Don’t regret not being there.

~ Mike Calvert, President
~ Photo by Charles Childs