Past Meetings

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.