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 on the fourth Tuesday of each month September 2015 through May 2016. 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

Join us for the next meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable at the Williamsburg Public Library Theatre at 7 PM on Tuesday evening, December 20, 2016 for Sue Boardman’s presentation of “A Painting Without Boundaries: The Gettysburg Cyclorama”.
Sue’s program will cover the history of Cyclorama paintings along with the technical issues of painting an event on a canvas measuring approximately 380 feet in circumference, 40 plus feet in height, and weighing approximately 4 tons. She will outline the history of the Gettysburg Cyclorama paintings, (...there were several versions made and exhibited in major northern cities…) and focus on the Phillippoteaux painting that is displayed at Gettysburg. Her presentation will outline the efforts to produce the painting in the 1880’s, and then fast forward to the restoration efforts and reinstallation in the new Visitor Center in the early 2000 time period. In addition, Sue will point out numerous individuals and features on the restored canvas to enhance the interests of the viewing audience. 
To summarize, this program will provide a unique opportunity for our audience and guests to learn about this iconic painting of the famous Confederate charge that took place on July 3, 1863. 
Sue Boardman, A Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2000, is a two-time recipient of the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence as a Battlefield Guide. She is a recognized expert of not only the Battle of Gettysburg, but also an expert of the early history of the National Park and the National Cemetery. In 2004, Sue served as the historical consultant for the Gettysburg Foundation during the construction of the new Visitor Center Museum as well as the principal consultant for the massive undertaking to conserve and restore the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting which was removed from the 1960’s era Visitor Center and subsequently installed in the new Visitor Center. The conservation and restoration experience led her to author a book on the history of the painting entitled “The Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide” in 2008. She currently adds the title of Leadership Program Director of the Gettysburg Foundation to her Licensed Battlefield Guide duties.

Winning essay in SCV Scholarship Contest is awarded to Miss. Kayla Coghlan of Jamestown High School. essay

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