Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

NOTICE: Meetings for the 2022-23 Year will be in-person, but will also be simulcast on Zoom. Zoom details for each meeting will be emailed to members via the newsletter and also posted on the CWRT's Facebook page.

CHANGE OF VENUE: The December meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Oak Brook, 17W 350 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace.


Dec. 9th
Garry Adelman presents Midwest Civil War Photo Extravaganza

Join American Battlefield Trust Chief Historian Garry Adelman for a lively photography presentation covering all manner of Midwestern events, people, and places. While the Midwest proper hosted a limited number of battles and campaigns, the Midwest states hosted hospitals, supply deports, manufacturing hubs, prisons, camps, railroads, and more! Midwesterners themselves played an outsized role in the conflict ... and where they went, so went photographers capturing images on glass and metal for a public hungry for this relatively new technology! Combining then-and-now photographs, details, maps, and other media, Mr. Adelman will tell the story of the Civil War Midwest mainly through the revolutionary wet-plate photography process, the truly unique individuals involved in the birth of photojournalism and more. From Wilson's Creek to Johnson's Island, from Wood Lake to Cairo, Mine Creek, Milwaukee, Crown Point, Keokuk, Ann Arbor, and the Wigwam, come to understand the 1860s Midwest in a manner available nowhere else!

A graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry Adelman is the award-winning author, co-author, or editor of 20 books and 50 Civil War articles. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 27 years. He has conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at ten battlefields, has given thousands of battlefield tours at more than 70 American Revolution and Civil War sites, and has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He has appeared as a speaker on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network, American Heroes Channel, and on HISTORY where he was a chief consultant and talking head on the Emmy Award-winning show Gettysburg (2011), Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (2015), and Grant (2020). He works full time as Chief Historian at the American Battlefield Trust.

For our 2022-2023 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 9th, 2022: Steven Cowie on "When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and Its Impact on the Civilians Who Called it Home"
Oct. 14th, 2022: Bruce Allardice on "Myths and Mysteries of the CSS Hunley"
Nov. 11th, 2022: Mary Abroe, The Nevins-Freeman Address. "Historic Preservation and Civil War Battlefields: An American Story"
Dec. 9th, 2022: Garry Adelman, "Midwest Civil War Photo Extravaganza"
Jan. 13th, 2023: Rob Girardi on "Union POWs at Camp Douglas"
Feb. 10th, 2023: Charlie Knight on "Robert E. Lee"
Mar. 10th, 2023: Dwight Hughes on "Unlike Anything That Ever Floated"
Apr. 14th, 2023: Richard Holloway on "The Red River Campaign"
May 12th, 2023: Sean Michael Chick on "Grant's Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign"
June 9th, 2023: Tom Cartwright, topic TBA

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 in-person 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 $40.00 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.
Please make your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party or by calling (630) 460-1865
Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Dinner choices. The CWRT does a buffet style dinner. The buffet will include caeser salad, pasta, garlic bread, two meats (grilled chicken, meat balls, or Italian sausage) and dessert.