Thursday, April 7, 2011

Civil War Conference in Nebraska

Mark your calendars for the "Remembering the Civil War ... 150 Years Later" conference to be held on July 8th and 9th at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance, Nebraska. There are many excellent lectures, along with lunch and programs and demonstrations. In addition there will be vendors.

First Day - July 8th
"The First Nebraska Regiment in the Civil War" - James Potter
"Civil War Research" - Ruby Coleman
"Mary's Sons, the Buchanan Brothers" - lunch program by Cheri Hopkins
"Genealogy and the GAR" - David Wells
"Fight or Flight: Quantrill and the Kansas Raiders" - Jason Hopkins
"Petticoats and Trousers: Women in the Civil War" - Ruby Coleman
"Adopt a Soldier Program" - Becci Thomas
"Quilts and Quilt Makers of the Civil War" - Susan Weber
"The Origins and Legacy of Memorial Day" - Nebraska Humanities Program by David Wells

Second Day - July 9th
"Land for Soldiers ... the Homestead Act" - Ruby Coleman
"Abraham Lincoln: the Emancipator, the Martyr, the Dictator?" - David Wells
"Antique Photos and Cherished Reflections" - Cheri Hopkins
"Recitation of the Gettysburg Address" - lunch program by Wally Seiler
"Quilts and Quilt Makers of the Civil War" - Susan Weber
"Firearms and Accoutrements of the Common Civil War Soldier" - Guy Hielscher
"A Southern Woman in the Civil War" - Maurine Roller - character portrayal
"From Bleeding Kansas to Old Virginny!" - Nebraska Humanities Program by Dr. Daniel Holtz

The speakers share a passion for history and genealogy. James E. Potter is the Senior Research Historian and Associate Editor at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Ruby Coleman (that's me!) is a professional genealogist, instructor, lecturer and free lance writer. Dr. Daniel Holtz is a professor of English at Peru State College. He is First Vice President of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees. Jason R. Hopkins is an independent scholar who lives in Topeka, Kansas, studying History, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Washburn University. Susan Weber is a fourth generation quilter and is currently the President of the Nebraska State Quilt Guild. Wally A. Seiler is an independent scholar who is well known for his character performances of Mark Twain. Maurine Roller is a member of the Nebraska Humanities Speakers Bureau, has a master's degree in history and women's history. She does character portrayals. Guy Hielscher is an expert in the field of historical firearms and a student of firearms and their uses. Becci Thomas is the director of the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance, Nebraska. Cheri Hopkins is a life long student of history and specializes in photo restoration and designing family remembrance art as well as doing genealogical research.

The deadline for registering for this conference is June 24th. The fee is $45 for both days or $30 for individual days. Pre-registration includes lunch served each day at the museum. If you elect to register at the door, it is $55 for both days or $30 for a single day, with no lunches included. More information can be obtained by contacting the museum at 308-762-2384 or The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center is located at 908 Yellowstone Ave., Alliance, Nebraska.

You won't want to miss this conference. Celebrate the Civil War right here in Nebraska! Be sure to download the brochure.

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