The mission of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City is to promote historical, educational, literary, and preservation activities related to the Civil War.

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Member Spotlight

Okay, Ed Bearss is not a current member, but we still mail him a newsletter every month, so I thought this was appropriate. 

Ed Bearss

There is a bill before Congress (H.R.2059) to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Edwin Cole "Ed" Bearss, in recognition of his contributions to preservation of American Civil War history and continued efforts to bring our nation's history alive for new generations through his interpretive storytelling.

Mystery Photo

Here's May's mystery photo. Your clues for this month. This man was active in the Missouri political scene in the 1860s and 1870s. His ashes are interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Next Meeting

“Lincoln's Assassination”

Our speaker will be Daniel Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, Illinois.

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Freedom Day/Juneteenth: More Than Bar-B-Q and Beer

When: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum, 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Round Table member Joelouis Mattox will speak on the importance of celebrating Freedom Day/Juneteenth. Emancipation Day/Freedom Day/Juneteenth is one of the five most historic events in the history of African Americans. Prayers, poems and plays should come before barbecue. In the evening, speeches and games should take place before partying and drinking beer and hard liquor.

This program is free and open to the public. There will be handouts and cold water for attendees.

April 28 Meeting

Troy Strahan and his son, Liam, portrayed Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad.

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Article: The Battle of Palmito Ranch

​For the June program, Arnold Schofield will be talking about the Battle of Palmito Ranch. 

Les Thierolf recommends this article on the battle appearing in the Texas Observer.  

Civil War Site Photos

We are introducing a new feature to the website! Dave Pattison recently visited Galena, Illinois and brought back these photographs from that historic town.

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Saturdays at the Museum: a Civil War Lecture Series

When: June 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum, 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Brother John in character as Lt. Patrick Minor. "Brother John" Anderson is well known in Kansas City for portraying Civil War era personalities. Brother John, as Lieutenant Patrick Minor, will discuss his role as the commander of a section of artillery during the Battle of Westport. Lt. Minor will also lead a general discussion of the African American officer's contribution in the Civil War. In the photo to the right is Brother John portraying Lt. Patrick Minor during the Battle of Westport 150 Commemoration last fall.

Six Civil War Must Read Books

James M. McPhersonHere's a new article by Dick Titterington with six books recommended by James M. McPherson to help you understand "why the Civil War still matters."

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Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
P.O. Box 6202
Shawnee Mission, KS 66206

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