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Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley readies 2021 events

Ilene Evans portraying Harriet Tubman. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — The Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley has several events planned for 2021.

Scott Britton, president of the organization, and Education Committee Chairperson Jerrie Berentz announced the 2021 event calendar on Dec. 27.

The round table is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, corporation founded in 2012 with the purpose to educate, commemorate and encourage public interest in the American Civil War. This mission is accomplished through regular bi-monthly meetings that feature education programs on a wide range of subjects related to the Civil War period; field trips to sites relevant to all periods of American history; sponsorship of Campus Martius Museum’s annual Civil War Field Day that introduces eighth-graders from throughout the region to living-history demonstrations that portray the period; and multiple historical marker projects that honor the service and sacrifices of patriots from throughout Southeastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.

Meetings are open to the public and there are no membership dues or admission fees required to attend. Small donations are accepted to offset a portion of the cost of the meetings.

* Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.; “But Not For My Children: The Holland Brothers’ Unlikely Journey from Slavery.” Scott Britton, CWRT President and Executive Director of The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta, will present original research.

* Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.; “Ohio Women in the Civil War Home Front.” Kelly Mezurek, author, lecturer, and Professor of American History at Walsh University, Akron, Ohio, will return to the CWRT-MOV.

* Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m.; “Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia.” Eric Wittenberg, Columbus attorney, author, historian, battlefield tour guide, preservationist, and expert in Civil War cavalry operations will speak on the subject of his recently published book.

* Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m.; “A Historical Overview of the Gullah Geechee Culture and Its Impact on the South, the Nation and the World.” Sherman Pyatt, a native of Charleston, S.C., author, historian, and Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Johns Island, S.C., will introduce guests to South Carolina’s Sea Island Gullah Geechee people.

* Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.; “Behind Enemy Lines: Harriet Tubman in the Civil War — The Port Royal Experiment.” Ilene Evans, of Davis, W.Va., dancer, historian, teacher, storyteller and creator of “General Moses: Stories from the Life of Harriet Tubman” will give a presentation on Tubman.

* Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 4-7; “Seat of the Rebellion South Carolina Field Trip” with stops at Cowpens National Battlefield, Charleston Plantation and Historical City Tours, Fort Sumter National Monument, H.L. Hunley, Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden Battlefield and more

* Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; “Civil War Music.” Steve and Lisa Ball, of Columbus, collectors, educators, historians, musicians, and vocalists, will entertain and educate about Civil War music.

There will also be historic marker dedication events for Brig. Gen. Benjamin D. Fearing and Brig. Gen. Rufus R. Dawes on dates to be determined.

All education programs will be virtual until public health regulations permit large or “mass gatherings.” Pre-registration for virtual events will be required. Event alerts with registration information will be sent to those who have registered for the CWRT-MOV newsletter and electronic mail updates at www.cwrt-mov.org.

More details and information about the Seat of Rebellion South Carolina Field Trip in November and historical marker dedication events will be provided at a future date. For more information, contact Recording Secretary Leight Murray at 740-706-2575.

The Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley is affiliated with the Marietta Community Foundation. Donations to the foundation on behalf of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley Fund are tax deductible.

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