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03.03.21 - THE WESTERN PA CWRT AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: AN UPDATE

Greetings to all! We hope this message finds you and yours safe and healthy. It has been twelve months since our last regular meeting on February 19, 2020. Nine subsequent regular meetings for 2020 were cancelled and that pattern will continue for now until we can locate a venue and meet safely. Fortunately, 2020 was not a complete washout, as we were able to host our annual picnic, two Adopt-A-Position cleanups, and a Gettysburg fieldtrip with Scott Hartwig. Rest assured the roundtable has not been dissolved and we hope to resume in-person meetings, perhaps as soon as late spring or early summer. The health and safety of our members will always be our primary concern. We recognize that a large percentage of our members are at high risk for contracting the virus – many of our members are over the age of 65 and include cancer survivors, diabetics, and those with auto-immune disorders.

Rest assured all of our scheduled 2020 speakers completely understand the restrictions we are living under and have graciously agreed to postpone their presentations until 2021 or 2022. Specific dates will be scheduled as the situation is clarified later this year.

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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.