At the March 16, 2017 meeting, the CCWRT celebrated its 6oth anniversary. Happy Anniversary to us, and here is hoping for many more anniversaries to come!
You are Invited to Attend the long-awaited first Annual Summer Symposium of the CWEA: The Spring Mill Civil War Symposium August 17-19, 2017 at the Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Historic Park in Mitchell, Indiana, with Stephen Lee Ritchie, Thomas Y. Cartwright, Stephen Davis, David L. Mowery, Michael B. Murphy, Dale K. Phillips, James I. “Bud” Robertson, Darryl Smith, Craig L. Symonds, Jeffry D. Wert and Brian Steel Wills.
We thought about creating an event such as this for a long time – a corollary to our annual Sarasota, Florida symposium in January – a program in an appealing place where folks could learn much about Civil War history from top authorities, while making friends, dining well, browsing books, and the like. Sarasota has the warm, white sands of Lido Beach in the throes of winter – and now, at Spring Mill, we have shade trees, nature trails and gurgling brooks in the middle of summer.
It took awhile to find the right venue – some resorts were too expensive; others were too rigorous (bring your own sheets and pillows, etc.). And then one day, Steve Ritchie said, “Why don’t we hold it at Spring Mill in Indiana? I’ve stayed there many times and it’s great.” And that’s the story. Positioned smack dab in the Midwest, our base at the Spring Mill Inn is an easy drive for so many who live in the heartland. It is accessible from three airports: 68 miles from Louisville; 81 miles from Indianapolis; and 124 miles from Cincinnati.
The historic 73 room Inn features warm and cozy country decor, with fully modern accommodations including an indoor/outdoor pool, and has full service dining.The nightly room rate for our attendees is terrific: $80.99 + tax. The food is hearty – buffet-style group lunches and Friday dinner will feature such entrees as roast beef, fried chicken, baked fish and eggplant parmesan, with sides and salads, and desserts like cherry cobbler and persimmon pudding (which Steve tells us is delicious?!). Our Saturday night dinner will be an old-fashioned cookout.
On the grounds you can visit the Limestone Grist Mill at the restored Pioneer Village, dating back to the early 1800’s and the Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial which honors America’s second man in space. The resort is a haven for lazy summer repose, with plenty of opportunities for recreation – nature hikes, cave tours, mountain biking and the like.
We have assembled an All-Star Faculty of Presenters – and they are as excited as we are about this event and its longterm prospects for success. Our 2017 program, at which we expect to host 90-100 of you, will consist of eleven talks on various aspects of Civil War history plus discussions on books led by the good folks from Owens & Ramsey Booksellers of Richmond, VA and from the Indiana Historical Society. Don’t Miss This One!
Come to to the James Ramage Civil War Museum in Fort Wright, KY the weekend of Aug 19-20 to enjoy the 2017 edition of Battery Hooper Days.
A couple of years ago, the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition contacted libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies across the United States in the course of a nationwide search for documents related to Kentucky’s five wartime governors, Union and Confederate. The project received many intriguing research leads and many more kind responses with best wishes for our project. The 10,000 digitized and searchable Civil War-era documents have now been made available on their new website (http://discovery.civilwargovernors.org). The site lets readers explore the lives of everyday people in a society torn by conflict.
The next phase of the project is to annotate every person, place, and organization found in each of these documents to assemble those annotations into a massive biographical glossary and interconnected social network. This ambitious goal of locating, researching, and connecting hundreds of thousands of historical individuals, businesses, military units, and places will only be possible with collaboration from libraries, universities, and networks of local and family historians across Kentucky and the United States.
For that reason, we ask you to review the new Civil War Governors site for connections to your own collections, community, and mission. Ohio researchers may be interested in a Cincinnati rebel raising a company of Union scouts to defend against guerrilla invasion, an Ohio soldier explaining his grievance with Salmon Chase, or Governor Anderson’s requisition for a fugitive on a murder charge.
Please share Civil War Governors with interested researchers you know, and contact Assistant Editor Whitney Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or comments to help improve the site. The Kentucky Historical Society hopes that Civil War Governors will not just be a research resource but also a vehicle for continued exploration of the past to better understand our shared present and future.
Last weekend was a great weekend for the CCWRT’s trip to Ripley to visit the Rankin and Parker houses. Thirteen of us toured both houses, and had quite an extensive tour of both locales. The tour guides (Jeff at Rankin House and Dewey at the Parker House) were knowledgeable and engaging, and with the number of questions we asked of Jeff at the Rankin House, we were given a bit longer tour than normal.
The Rankin House will be receiving a new visitor’s center slated to start construction later this year. That should really enhance the overall experience any visitor will enjoy.
The group had a nice lunch at Coehearts in Ripley, a location that overlooks the Ohio River. It was great to be able to talk about our Civil War interests outside the normal meeting venue and to get to know each other a bit.
Look for more such tours in the future as we look to get our members together more frequently!