Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings


See list of meeting dates and speakers below for our 2015-2016 program year.

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 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 $50.00 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. When you make your dinner reservation, please be sure to indicate your entrée choice.

Please make reservations your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party and choice of entre'e or calling (630) 460-1865

Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Entrée choices are:
   Turkey
   Tilapia

May 13, 2016
Glenna Schroeder-Lein on:

The Soldiers Home in the Civil War

During the Civil War, soldiers' homes (or soldiers' rests) were established by civilian aid groups north and south along major transportation routes. Their purpose was to provide for the needs of soldiers in transit between the field and their homes or other locations.

On Masy 13th Glenna Schroeder-Lein will look at the development and varying nature of some of these homes and how the civilians met their goals of soldier aid by providing food, lodging, and short-term medical care as the needs of soldiers coming through that location required.

Glenna Schroeder-Lein has authored or co-authored numerous books on the Civil War, including The Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine, Lincoln and Medicine, Confederate Hospitals on the Move: Samuel H. Stout and the Army of Tennessee, Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and The Papers of Andrew Johnson. Since 2005 she’s been Manuscripts Librarian for the non-Lincoln manuscripts at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. She was assistant editor for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in history from Cal State Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia.

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

Sept. 11, 2015 Dale Philips on Capture of New Orleans

Oct. 9, 2015 Dennis Frye on Nevins Freeman Award: John Brown: The Spark that Ignited War

Nov. 11, 2015 Philip Leigh on Trading with the Enemy

Dec. 11, 2015 Dave Keller on Camp Douglas

Jan 8, 2016 David Moore on William S. Rosecrans

Feb 12, 2016 Don Doyle on The Cause of all Nations

Mar. 11, 2016 Bruce Kraig on Why the Civil War Made our Modern Food

Apr. 8, 2016: Greg Briggs on Nashville: Siren's Song of the Western Confederacy

May 13, 2016 Glenna Schroeder-Lein on The Soldiers Home in the Civil War

June 10, 2016: Dale Philips on Ben Butler and the Federal Occupation of New Orleans