Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings


See list of meeting dates and speakers below for our 2016-2017 program year.

Copies of recorded meetings are available for a small charge. Click here for a printable list of recorded meetings. More current meetings can be viewed on Youtube.

Our meetings are held at:

Holiday Inn O'Hare
5615 N. Cumberland
Chicago, IL 60631
Parking at the Holiday Inn is FREE
Map and Directions


Dinner $50.00 Members and Non- Members
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30

Presentation only is $10 per person.
Payable at the door, cash or check. Be there by 7:15. For those attending the presentation only, your reservation is appreciated but not required.

Dinner reservations should be received by Sunday evening prior to the meeting. When you make your dinner reservation, please be sure to indicate your entrée choice.

Please make reservations your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party and choice of entre'e or calling (630) 460-1865

Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Entrée choices are:
   Turkey
   Tilapia

May 12th, 2017
Connie Hansen:

A First-Person Portrayl of Jennie Wade's Mother

Gettysburg. To most people the very name conjures up images of war, death, destruction, horrified screams, and all manner of damage and ruin. But to three people growing up there it in the mid 1800's it was simply-- home. Jennie Wade, Jack Skelly, and Wesley Culp played tag in the streets and yards in the village, tossed pebbles into Rock Creek and fished from its banks. They went to school together and shared each other's secrets and dreams of the future. But none of them foresaw what would happen when war reached their little town.

On May 12th Connie Hansen will present their story. The presentation is based on the author’s historical novel, Biscuits and Bullets: A Gettysburg Story, and focuses on Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Since her book was published, our speaker has taken it a step farther by adopting a first-person presentation as Mary Wade, Jennie's mother. She speaks "first-hand," in period attire, about what it was like to experience the battle, and the horror of watching her daughter die practically under her own nose.

Connie Hansen has been an avid American history buff since she was a little girl, making her first trip to Gettysburg when she was still in grade school. On that trip, she heard the story of Jennie Wade and her tragic death during the battle and knew that the story had to be told in more than a text-bookish, nonfiction format. It took her years of research and many trips to Gettysburg before she saw the book come to fruition. She has slept in the house where Jennie was born, attended the church she attended, visited her grave, and strolled the streets of Gettysburg dressed in period attire (being a re-enactor has its merits!). Now, as Jennie's mother, she brings the story of the battle and their simple lives to life in a way that the book can't. She has presented at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, the Military History Fest in St. Charles, IL, as well as at the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table.

For our 2016-17 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 9th: Steve Quick on The C.S.S. Hunley

Oct. 14th: Lance Herdegen, Nevins-Freeman Address

Nov. 11th: Dave Connon on Iowa Copperheads

Dec. 9th: Bjorn Skaptasan on Ambrose Bierce at Shiloh

Jan. 13th, 2017: Richard Sommers on Lessons in Leadership in the Petersburg Campaign

Feb. 10th: Bob O'Neil on Cavalry During the Peninsula Campaign

Mar. 10th: Paul Kahan on Simon Cameron, Lincoln's First Secretary of War

Apr. 21st: Diane Smith on Command Conflict in the Overland Campaign

May 12th: Connie Hansen presents a First Person Portrayal of Jennie Wade's mother

June 9th: Don Sender on Untold Facts of the Custer Debacle