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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.

Executive Committee Meeting

A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City was held on Sahirday, October 26, 2019. Some of the key items discussed during the meeting are as follows:

The financial results for the year to date were reviewed.

  • A new catering contract has been negotiated with the Holiday Inn for 2020. We will continue to meet at the Holiday Inn next year.
  • It was decided to keep the membership dues and the meal prices the same for 2020.
  • The scheduled speakers for 2020 were finalized. Potential speakers for 2021 were discussed.
  • The Harry S Truman Award will be given to two of our upcoming speakers, who are nationally recognized Civil War historians and authors.
  • Rack cards, providing information on the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City, will be placed at local libraries, museums, etc.
  • The Civil War Round Table of Kansas City will partner with the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.
  • The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on March 7, 2020 at the Overland Park Historical Society headquarters.

Please Renew Your Membership for 2020

Now is the time to renew your membership in the Civil War Round Table for next year. The membership dues go to pay for our speaker travel costs as well as our administrative expenses (office supplies, printing, postage, bank charges, website fees, corporate reports, plaques, name tags, etc.). Membership dues are the same for 2020 as they were for this year: $35 per individual or $55 per couple. Please submit your 2020 membership dues by December 31, 2019. You can pay Susan Keipp at an upcoming dinner meeting or else you can mail her a check. Thank you for being a member of the Round Table! Refer to the Membership web page for more information.

November Speaker

Ms. Connie Langum, Park Ranger and Historian at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, will be speaking about the two battles of Newtonia MO, which is located in the southwest comer of the state. The first battle was fought on September 30, 1862 and the second battle was fought on October 28, 1864 as part of Price's campaign.

October Speaker

Round Table member Lane Smith gave a presentation titled: "The Trial of Jefferson Davis and the Issue of Secession." During the program, Lane addressed the following

  • Was secession legal?
  • When put on trial, what would have been Jefferson Davis' defense?
  • Why was Jefferson Davis not placed on trial?
  • Do cultures and viewpoints change?

Much of Lane's information comes from the book The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 by David M. Potter. Lane will look at the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Kentucky resolutions, the thinking and view points of the times, and how individuals considered nationalism.

For more details, click on this link.

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.

We are pleased to announce that the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City has joined the Amazon Associates program. On our website we will provide links to, primarily for books of interest to our membership. If you click this link and make a qualifying purchase on, the Round Table will receive a small advertising fee. This fee does not increase the cost of your purchase. Thank you for supporting the Civil War Round Table by clicking these links.

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

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