Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote discussion and study of the Civil War and to further stimulate interest in all aspects and phases of the Civil War period.

Meeting Dates

The organization meets the third Tuesday of each month (September through December of 2014) and then reverts to the fourth Tuesday of each month (January through May). Meetings are held in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre located at 515 Scotland St in Williamsburg, VA, unless otherwise posted. The meetings begin at 7 PM. Membership is open to the  general public.

This Month's Speaker

October 21, 2014**

Drew Gruber
 “Preservation of Williamsburg Battlefield Sites”

The October meeting will be held on the third Tuesday of October (October 21st )** at 7PM in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street. Drew Gruber will present “Preservation of Williamsburg Battlefield Sites”.

As Private Edwin Brown of the 1st Massachusetts Infantry said, "The Battle of Williamsburg has received less importance in history than it has merited." 152 years later Ed’s quote is more pertinent than ever. Listed as one of Virginia's 'Most Endangered Sites' in 2014 the battle's continued recognition as one of the most pivotal of the war has been met with continued misinterpretation and subsequent neglect. Drew's presentation entitled; "Preserving Williamsburg's Battlefield" will utilize new research and maps to highlight the areas which have been lost to development as well as the opportunities which still exist for preservation and interpretation. Additionally he will discuss the ongoing efforts of the Williamsburg Battlefield Association as well as the battlefield’s value and relevance to our community.

Drew Gruber holds his B.A. in Historic Preservation and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. He was the 2013 Lawrence T. Jones III Research Fellow in Texas Civil War History and is working on a biography of Decimus Et Ultimus Barziza. He has authored several articles about the Battle of Williamsburg and has been actively involved in the Williamsburg Battlefield Association. He was recently appointed by the Governor to serve a four year term on the Commonwealth's Board of Historic Resources. He resides in Williamsburg with his wife Kate. 

 

**Note the change in date. The Roundtable will meet on the third Tuesday of the month from September through December of 2014

Williamsburg Battlefield Added To List Of Endangered Sites

The Williamsburg Battlefield (historic) made the Preservation Virginia "most endangered sites list" I wanted to share this with you ASAP. Such a listing wouldn't have been possible without the actions of this past summer and the support and encouragement from the round table. The idea of the list is to bring awareness and interpretation to the sites and not to shame or insult the developers or land owners. I would ask that you share this news listed below with the Roundtable. Please also encourage those that use Facebook to "friend" our site which is also listed below.
Drew Gruber
http://preservationvirginia.org/press-room/release/2014-most-endangered-historic-sites-list-press-release
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/many-of-virginias-historic-sites-are-in-jeopardy/2014/04/29/711a2cc6-cfc7-11e3-937f-d3026234b51c_story.html
https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsburgBattlefieldAssociation

 

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