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Harrisburg CWRT presents “Studying and Understanding the Civil War”


The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table’s annual meeting of the 2012-2013 season will be held Friday, June 14th at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center. We are proud to have another member, Linda Niesen, speaking to us on some of the important considerations when studying and understanding the Civil War.

Linda will be discussing the information presented during the recent Future of the Civil War Conference held in Gettysburg in March. This conference brought NPS historians, speakers from around the country and the UK, academic historians, and any interested parties together to ruminate over what is vital in studying and understanding the Civil War. She spoke on a panel of educators discussing the challenges facing them today as they teach the war to today’s youth. Several themes stood out in the speaker/panel discussions, such as ” Have we sanitized the war”, “What are the best ways to honor and restore the battlefields”, and “What are the future challenges facing us in regards to the war.”

Linda joins her family ( grandfather, parents, aunt and brother) as an alumnus of Gettysburg College. She has been a history teacher in the West Shore School District for 20 years, and is still going strong at this point in her career. A 2008 graduate of the National Council for Teaching about Asia, she was selected to represent this group and spend July 2008 in Japan. An ” independent scholar” of the Civil War, Linda won the Nicolay Scholarship to attend the Civil War Institute in 2011, and recently was selected by the NEH to attend a week long seminar in Kentucky studying the role of the border states during the war.

The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table meets at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA, Camp Hill Bypass @ Routes 11&15. An informal reception starts at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:45. The cost of dinner is $22.00 and reservations must be made no later than 9 PM Tuesday, June 11th, by calling 717-561-0613 or email The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.

 Contact Tom Kerstetter at  717-574-5797. 


Upcoming talks and book signings!

June 2: Scott Mingus will be speaking on “The Civil War in Hellam Township, York County, Pa.” and signing books at the Civil War event at Fairmount United Methodist Church, noon to 2 p.m. at 5835 Furnace Road in Hellam Township (north of US 30 near Wrightsville).

June 5: Scott Mingus and Jim McClure will be speaking about “The Civil War in York County, Pa.” at 7:30 p.m. for the Stewartstown Historical Society, preceded and followed by a book signing. This will be at the Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, 14 College Ave  Stewartstown, PA. (717) 993-6278.

June 6: Scott Mingus will be speaking on “Jeb Stuart’s Ride Through York County, Pa.” at 7:00 p.m. at the Maple Shade Barn in Dillsburg PA for the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS).  The address is 35 Greenbrier Lane (parallel to PA Route 74 in Dillsburg).

June 12: Scott Mingus and Jim McClure will be signing books from 5:30 until 7:30 at Irvin’s Books, 2159 White Street, York Pa. (off of PA Route 74 south of and parallel with US 30).