Past Meetings

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Jim Beckner (a.k.a., Santa Claus) and Mike CalvertThe December meeting of the Round Table was called with Christmas spirit. Twenty-nine members came out to enjoy fellowship that only this time of the year can bring. Besides sharing many of everyone’s favorite holiday treats we were treated to Jim Beckner in full Civil War Santa Claus regalia. Jim’s talk on what it was like at Christmas time in the Civil War was very informative and made each one of us reflect on what it means to be at home with our families during the holidays. Jim also made us remember what it is like for any soldier at any time to be away from the ones they love. Thanks to all that have made this last year with the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri a year to remember. Using this year as a template the Board will be planning another year of learning and fellowship. I hope to see you all on January 8 for our next meeting. That night we will be sharing our family history, our interests and our artifacts in our annual Show and Tell Night. See you there!

-- Mike Calvert, President

Photo:  Jim Beckner (a.k.a., Santa Claus) and Mike Calvert

Jay Jackson discussing the Battle of LibertyThere was a large crowd that made the trip to the Clay County Museum in Liberty for the November meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri to watch the documentary film "The Battle of Liberty / Blue Mills Landing" with commentary by executive producer and re-enactor Jay Jackson.  Jay also brought his diorama of the battle.

Photo:  Jay Jackson discusses the Battle of Liberty aided by his wonderful diorama.

John Moloski presents "General Joseph Shelby"John Moloski presents "General Joseph 'Jo' Shelby, U.S. Marshal" at the September meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri.

Ted StillwellThe October meeting of the Round Table was another that should not have been missed.  Terry C. tells me that 28 members and visitors gathered to hear our friend and great storyteller Ted Stillwell share tales of Jackson County during the Civil War.  He spoke of revenge stories, love stories and brotherhood stories.  Life was not easy for the population of Jackson County during the war.  These tales brought to life by a weaver of intrigue should not have been missed.  Please don’t miss next month when we travel to Liberty to view a documentary movie, see some artifacts and learn about the Battle of Liberty.  Join us on November 13, 7PM at the Clay County Museum on the Liberty Square.  Also, don’t miss our book auction of an author signed, first edition copy of Bluecoat and Pioneer by John Hart, a tale of the 11th Kansas Cavalry and beyond.

-- Mike Calvert, President

Photo:  Ted Stillwell presents at the October meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri.  His presentation covered various figures connected with the Civil War, from Harry S. Truman's grandmother's experiences in the Civil War to President Abraham Lincoln, William Quantrill,Cole Younger, Upton Hayes, Dave Poole and George Todd.

Larry Wood presents "Bushwhacker Belles"What do you think your reaction would be if your sister, girlfriend, mother or wife were thrown in jail, guilty or not? This is what men had to deal with during the Civil War. Many women throughout Missouri were incarcerated. Some were guilty, others not. This was the theme and message of Larry Wood’s presentation at the August meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri. Titled “Bushwhacker Belles”, Larry’s talk provided insight into how women were treated and their exploits that caused this treatment. Our members that attended enjoyed themselves listening to Larry’s many tales of daring. Wish you could have been there. Next month don’t miss the opportunity to hear John Moloski present a program on General Joseph Shelby.

"Bushwhacker Belles" by Larry Wood