Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

NOTICE: Meetings for the 2021-22 Year will be in-person at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, but will also be simulcast on Zoom. Zoom details for each meeting will be emailed to members via the newsletter and also posted on the CWRT's Facebook page.


February 11th
Ann Durkin Keating on Juliette Kinzie, the Civil War, and the Making of Chicago

After spending the 1832 Black Hawk War at Portage, Wisconsin, Juliette settled with her husband, John H. Kinzie at Chicago, where they were central figures in the city's early political, social and religious life. The family witnessed the arrival of the first railroad and the opening of the canal. John was an enthusiastic Whig and then an early supporter of the Republican Party alongside Abraham Lincoln. But the Kinzie family was split by the Civil War. Juliette's husband and three sons served in the Union Army, while her son-in-law was an officer in the Confederacy. Juliette kept in contact with her daughter who lived in Savannah Georgia through letters. This presentation will explore her experiences with a war that fundamentally split her family.

Ann Durkin Keating is Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College in Naperville where she has taught for more than 30 years. She is the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004) and is the author of several books on Chicago history, including most recently The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire (2019).







For our 2021-2022 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 10th, 2021 Eric Wittenberg on Seceding from Secession: The Creation of West Virginia
Oct. 8th: David Dixon on August Willich
Nov. 12th: Tom Clemens on Joseph K. Mansfield
Dec. 10th: Dennis Doyle on Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg
Jan. 14th, 2022: Rob Girardi on General John E. Smith
Feb. 11th: Ann Durkin Keating on Juliette Kinzie, the Civil War, and the Making of Chicago
March 11th: Mark Laubacher on The USS Red Rover: Hospital of Firsts
Apr. 8th: Jeffrey Hunt on Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station and Mine Run
May 13th: Dr. Thomas Carson on Lincoln as Moral Exemplar
June 10th: Lauren Szady on TBD

Copies of recorded meetings are available for a small charge. Click here for a printable list of recorded meetings. More current meetings can be viewed on Youtube.

Our in-person meetings are held at:

Holiday Inn O'Hare
5615 N. Cumberland, Chicago, IL 60631
Parking at the Holiday Inn is FREE
Map and Directions

Dinner $40.00 Members and Non- Members
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30

Presentation only is $10 per person.
Payable at the door, cash or check. Be there by 7:15. For those attending the presentation only, your reservation is appreciated but not required.
Dinner reservations should be received by Sunday evening prior to the meeting.
Please make your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party or by calling (630) 460-1865
Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Dinner choices. The CWRT does a buffet style dinner. The buffet will include caeser salad, pasta, garlic bread, two meats (grilled chicken, meat balls, or Italian sausage) and dessert.