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Harrisburg CWRT’S 50th Anniversary Features Pulitzer Prize Winner James McPherson

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Dr. James McPherson will speak at the gala 50th anniversary meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table on Friday, May 15. His topic will be “Lincoln, Slavery and the West.”


A native of North Dakota and raised in Minnesota, Dr. McPherson is a professor of American history emeritus at Princeton University. He is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and received his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. He has written or edited almost two dozen books, mostly on the era of the Civil War. His Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 while For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War received the Lincoln Prize in 1998. His most recent book is Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. In addition to being active in Civil War Battlefield Preservation, he has also served as president of the Society of American Historians and the American Historical Association.
CWRT President Alice Lucas said, “Over the past half century, our Round Table has grown from just a handful of ‘buffs’ to almost three-hundred dues-paying members. We are delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with such a distinguished and nationally known historian as James McPherson.” She noted that a display of Civil War artifacts will also be on view at the meeting.
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 6:30. The cost of dinner is $25.00 and reservations must be made by no later than Wednesday, April 29, by calling 717-944-2099. The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public. Please note that space is limited. Early dinner reservations are suggested.
Contact Douglas Gibboney, Publicity Chairperson, for further information @ 717-243-1738.