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2019 Battlefield Tour - Vicksburg Campaign, May 2-5, 2019
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2019
May 13th, Mathers in Norwood Park: Bob Presman on "More Myths about the Civil War"
May 14th, McHenry County CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Damn the Torpedoes: Hi-Tech Rebs and their Infernal Machines"
May 15th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Sarah Manz on "Quilt Symbols"
May 16th, South Suburban CWRT: Dennis Doyle on "Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg"
May 17th, Salt Creek CWRT: Jerry Allen on "Wisconsin--Hotbed of Secession?"
May 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: John Scales on "The Battles of Nathan Bedford Forrest"
June 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Pizza Party
June 7th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Annual Banquet--Leslie Goddard as "Louisa May Alcott"
June 11th, McHenry County CWRT: Frank Crawford on "Leeds Cannon at the Boone County History Museum"
June 14th, Chicago CWRT: Doug Dammann on "Elmer Ellsworth and his Zouaves"
June 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Lance Herdegen on "Union Soldiers in the Civil War"
June 21st, Salt Creek CWRT: Annual Banquet--Pam Toler on "the Real Nurses of the Civil War"
July 9th, McHenry County CWRT: Steve Acker on "Petersburg"
July 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bill Teschner portrays "General Sherman"
Aug. 13th, McHenry County CWRT: "Show N Tell" (at the McHenry County Historical Museum)
Aug. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Douglas Stiles on "Abraham Lincoln's Watch"
Aug. 21st, Mathers in Portage Park: John Boda on "Strange and Unusual Tales on the Civil War"
Sept. 10th, McHenry County CWRT: Jerry Allen on "The Yankee Buzzard Regiment"
Sept. 13th, Chicago CWRT: Janet Croon on "The War Outside My Window"
Sept. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Kate Masur on "They Knew Lincoln"
Sept. 20th, Salt Creek CWRT: Georgiann Baldino on "A Family and Nation Under Fire"
Sept. 28th, Chicagoland Civil War and Militaria Show, Wheaton Fair Grounds
Oct. 4-5, Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County: Civil War Symposium
Oct. 8th, McHenry County CWRT: Lawrence Schiller on "The First Day of Gettysburg: The Cavalry"
Oct. 11th, Chicago CWRT: Jim Lighthizer on "Battlefield Preservation"
Oct. 18th, Salt Creek CWRT: Kevin Wood on "Lincoln and Immigration"
Oct. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Davis on "A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign"
Nov. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Ethan Rafuse on "The Valley Campaign of 1862"
Nov. 12th, McHenry County CWRT: Dave Powell on "Grant at Chattanooga"
Nov. 16th, Salt Creek CWRT: Bill Shepherd on on "Re-Electng Lincoln--How the 1864 Election Resulted in the Abolition of Slavery"
Nov. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Janet Croon on "The War Outside My Window"
Dec. 13th, Chicago CWRT: Daniel Weinberg on "Musings of a Collecting Voyeur"
Dec. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Geogiann Baldino on "A Family and Nation Under Fire"
Dec. 20th, Salt Creek CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Mysteries of the CSS Hunley"
2020
Jan. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Pam Toler on "Heroines of Mercy Street: Nurses in the Civil War"
Jan. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Mike Ward on "Artillery in the Civil War"
Feb. 14th, Chicago CWRT: Connie Langum on "Wilson's Creek"
Feb. 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Battlefield Balladeers perform "Songs of the Civil War"
Mar. 13th, Chicago CWRT: David Sutherland on "VMI's Civil War Legacy"
Mar. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Uncle Billy Sherman"
Apr. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Michael Shaffer on "Recollections of the 1st Virginia Cavalry"
Apr. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Michael Hardy on "General Lee's Immortals"
May 8th, Chicago CWRT: Wil Greene on "The Petersburg Campaign"
May 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: John Horn on "The Petersburg Regiment in the Civil War"
June 12th, Chicago CWRT: Brian Wills on "George Henry Thomas"
June 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Frank Varney on "General Grant and the Rewriting of History"
July 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Powell on "Union Command Failure in the Shenandoah"
Sept. __, Chicago CWRT: Earl Hess, The Nevins-Freeman Address
Oct. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Stuart Sanders on "Perryville"
Nov. 12th, Chicago CWRT: John R. Scales on "General Nathan Bedford Forrest"
Dec. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Dave Powell on "Union Command Failure in the Shenandoah"

2021
Jan. 7th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Feb. 11th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Mar. __, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Apr. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Ron Kirkwood on "Too Much for Human Endurance"
May 13th, Chicago CWRT: Michael Hardy on "General Lee's Immortals"
June 19th, Chicago CWRT: Chris Loperfido on "Death, Disease, and Life at War"
Sept. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Eric Wittenberg on TBD
Oct. 8th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Nov. 12th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Dec. 10th, Chicago CWRT: TBD

2022
Jan. 14th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Feb. 11th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
March 11th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Apr. 8th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
May 13th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
June 10th, Chicago CWRT: TBD

Speakers Bureau
Looking for a good presentation on the Civil War for your library, school, historical society, or civic group? The Coalition of CWRTs of Northern Illinois has put together a Speakers Bureau to help you find one.

Best of all, most presentations are FREE!! Click here for a Speaker Registry printable list, with details and contact information.

Virtual Book Signing
Bjorn Skaptason at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop reminds us of their series of Virtual Book Signings. For more information on these and upcoming events, visit Virtual Book Signing or Abraham Lincoln Bookshop.

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