*** !! WE'RE BACK !! ***

Yes, it’s really true! The WPACWRT is set to resume meetings after a 16 month hiatus. Our first meeting since February 2020 is set for Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ambridge, PA.

Please note that as of press time, MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED OF ALL ATTENDEES, REGARDLESS OF CURRENT VACCINATION STATUS (except for speakers at the podium). This is the policy of St. John’s Lutheran Church, whose guests we are for the evening. Remember: their house, their rules. The church’s congregation will meet at the end of June to review its mask policy, but until then the above rules are in effect. You are welcome to sit next to your friends or in small clusters. For those who wish, there is plenty of room to spread out and practice social distancing at our venue. There will be no limit on the size of our group.

We are a non-profit educational institution that promotes the study of the American Civil War. We have monthly meetings, take field trips and do volunteer work at Gettysburg . The only requirement for membership in the WPACWRT is an interest in the Civil War.

The WPACWRT meets the third Wednesday of every month excluding January (no meeting) and July (North Park picnic instead). The meetings are held at the Edgeworth Elementary School in Edgeworth, PA. except for June and August (Edgeworth school closed). In June and August, our meetings are held at St. John’s Lutheran church in Ambridge. The meetings begin at 7:30 pm. Each month we host a speaker who will address a topic related to the Civil War, e.g., battles, personalities, etc. The meetings are free and open to members of the public of all ages. In the past we have hosted such speakers as Dr. James Robertson, Dr. Joseph Harsh, Brian Pohanka, Jeffrey Wert, Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Neeley, Eric Wittenberg, Brian Steel Wills, and other distinguished scholars.

All members are invited to attend the annual field trip to a Civil War battlefield. Our tour guide for seven years has been Ed Bearss, historian Emeritus for the National Parks.

We also partake in other short trips, volunteer projects for battlefield preservation, and annual picnics. Our members range from scholarly writers to those merely interested in learning more about the Civil War. a family membership is only $25 per year and entitles the member to the monthly newsletter “Stray Shots” and priority access to all trips. For more information contact Dave Fisher, president (412-884-1536) or Pat Tacy, secretary treasurer (412-787-2717).

All photographs on this site are by courtesy of photographers, Keith B. Clouse, Chuck Stephens, Barb and Len Thompson, Andre Mammino (Andre’s Gettysburg Pictures). All members of the WPACWRT.