Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings.

Attend the dinner and presentation, or just the presentation.

Recordings of many of the meetings are available for a small charge, click here for a printable list of Recorded Meetings

We meet September through June, generally on the second Friday evening of each month. See list of meeting dates and speakers below for our 2015-2016 program year.

Our meetings now take place at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, 5615 N. Cumberland, Chicago, IL 60631. Parking is FREE.

Click here for a map and directions to the Holiday Inn

5:30 pm Cash Bar, 6:30 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Presentation

Dinner/Presentation is $50 per person – There is always a choice of entrée. (Entrée options are listed below.) Make checks payable to "The Civil War Round Table".
Presentation only is $10 per person. Payable at the door, cash or check. Be there by 7:15.
Please make your reservation in advance by contacting us at (630)460-1865 or DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org.

Dinner reservations should be received by Sunday evening prior to the meeting. When you make your dinner reservation, please be sure to indicate your entrée choice.
Presentation only reservations are appreciated but not required to attend.

October 9, 2015

Frye Dennis Frye on:
Nevins-Freeman Address: “John Brown: The Spark That Ignited the War“

Dramatic and divisive words define John Brown. Martyr or madman? Saint or the Devil? Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?

Few individuals have stirred America like John Brown. His attack on Harpers Ferry - designed to launch his war to end slavery - proved a media sensation. No one, North or South, ignored Brown. No one could predict what he had wrought. Brown's attack ended in failure. But did John Brown fail?

Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, Dennis is a prominent Civil War historian. Dennis has numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E as a guest historian, and he helped produce Emmy award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam, abolitionist John Brown, and Maryland during the Civil War. Dennis is one of the nation’s leading Civil War battlefield preservationists. He is co-founder and first president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and he is co-founder and a former president of today’s Civil War Trust, from whom he received the Trust’s highest honor - the Shelby Foote Award. Dennis is a tour guide in demand, leading tours for organizations such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, numerous colleges and universities, and Civil War Round Tables. Dennis also is a well-known author, with 95 articles and nine books. Harpers Ferry Under Fire received the national book of the year award from the Association of Partners for Public Lands; and September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril, was awarded the 2012 Laney Book Prize for distinguished scholarship and writing on the military and political history of the war.

Entrée choices are:
Prime Rib
Vegetarian or Fruit Plates

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For our 2015-16 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 11th: Dale Phillips on The Capture of New Orleans

Oct. 9th: Dennis Frye, Nevins-Freeman Award Address on John Brown: The Spark that Ignited the War

Nov. 13th: Philip Leigh on Trading with the Enemy

Dec. 11th: Dave Keller on Camp Douglas

Jan. 8th, 2016: David Moore on William S. Rosecrans

Feb. 12th: Don Doyle on The Cause of All Nations

Mar. 11th: Bruce Kraig on Why the Civil War Made our Modern Food

Apr. 8th: Greg Biggs on Nashville: Siren's Song of the Confederacy

May 13th: Glenna Schroeder-Lein on The Soldiers' Home in Civil War America

June 10th: Dale Phillips Ben Butler and the Federal Occupation of New Orleans

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