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Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
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.

Meet the Round Table's New President

Beginning in January 2019, Dan Dooley will assume the duties of president of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City. Dan's love for the Civil War began in elementary school during the centenial of the war, and has never abated. He has a collection of war-era books, as well as war relics and related ephemera including more than a dozen Confederate War bonds and an equal number of pieces of Confederate currency. For his complete bio, click on this link.

Remembering Purd B. Wright III

Purd Wright in a photo taken on October 24, 2015

Long-time Civil War Round Table member Purd B. Wright III passed away at the age of 88 on Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018. Purd was born in Kansas City MO in 1930 and attended an all boys boarding school in Kent CT. He earned varsity letters in football and rowing. He attended Princeton University, but left to join the Air Force in 1951.

Purd was assigned to the Strategic Air Command Survival School at Fort Carson CO and was trained as a combat intelligence instructor. Purd was sent to Morocco, where he served at Sidi Slimane Air Force Base and the Headquarters of the 5th Air Division. He was Honorably Discharged from the service at Camp Kilmer NJ in 1954. Purd went back to Princeton and graduated with Honors in History in 1956.

Purd was employed as a traveling salesman and sales manager for 41 years with International Paper Company, FMC Corporation, and GardenWay, Inc. He was a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club of Kansas City and was a dedicated trail rider.

Purd and his wife Peggy have been regular attendees at our Civil War Round Table dinner meetings. Purd loved history. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him.

Remembering Betty Ergovich

Betty Ergovich at the CWRT-KC dinner meeting held on December 19, 2017

Long-time Civil War Round Table member Betty Ergovich passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. Betty served as president of the Round Table in 1999 and was presented with the Valiant Service Award in 2012. She most recently served as Historian for the Round Table.

Betty cared deeply about the Round Table and loved going to the Round Table dinner meetings. Betty suffered a stroke in 2016 and had been living in the memory care unit at Villa St. Francis in Olathe K.S. Betty last attended a dinner meeting with her daughter Phyllis Ergovich-Marshall in February of this year.

February's Speaker

To commemorate Black History Month, Mr. Jim Ogle, Executive Director of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area will give a presentation about the historic town of Quindaro, which is located in Kansas City KS.

The title of Mr. Ogle's talk is “Quindaro: Remembering Our Past As Lessons For Our Future.” We would like to thank Gary Nevius for scheduling this speaker.

January's Speaker

Civil War Round Table member Arnold Schofield gave a program titled: "Legacies of the Civil War."

Arnold discussed a variety of subjects related to the post Civil War years, including veterans organizations, the "Lost Cause", Constitutional amendments, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, disfranchisement of African-Americans, destruction of industry and agriculture in the South, the firearms revolution, etc. Check out the meeting archives for more details about the January dinner meeting.

Dave Pattison Receives Valient Service Award

Sandy Ackerson Receives Valiant Service Award

Dave Pattison presents Valient Service Award to Sandy Ackerson at the March 2018 meeting.

Lane Smith Receives Valiant Service Award

Don Bates presents Valient Service Award to Lane Smith at the February 2018 meeting.

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

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