Welcome to the Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg. "The most important Roundtable, in the most important small town, at the most important battlefield, in the most important country in the world."
—Joe Mieczkowski, past president


HOLIDAY PARTY: December 1, 2016


Civil War Photo Extravaganza!

Garry Adelman

AdelmanThe Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed and, for the first time in history, the public was exposed to real-life images of the gruesome toll of battle. Today, the use of these photographs to better understand, restore and preserve battlefields has become its own field of study. Through then-and-now techniques, tight details and several other approaches Mr. Adelman will tell the story of the Civil War and its aftermath through the intensive and revolutionary wet-plate photography process and the truly unique individuals involved in the birth of photojournalism. 

Garry E. Adelman is a graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 40 articles on the Civil War. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 22 years. He has appeared on numerous productions shown on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network and on HISTORY.

He works full time as Director of History and Education at the Civil War Trust.

Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

From September to May, we meet at the GAR Building, 53 East Middle Street. Light refreshments and conversation starting at 7 pm, the program starting at 7:30.

Whenever severe weather is predicted, program information can be found on the roundtable website and Facebook page after 3 PM or you can call Lynn at 717-398-2072.

You can now use your credit card or PayPal to securely pay for your Membership Dues. Please see the Membership page for the link.


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Lynn Heller ........................................President

Kendra Debaney....................................Vice President

Eleanor Cingire.....................................Recording Secretary

Linda Seamon.........................................Membership Secretary

David Diner.............................................Treasurer

Linda Joswick .........................................Webmaster

Dave Joswick...........................................Newsletter Editor









Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Roger Heller, Kendra Debany (past President)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 6:00 pm. Board meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.



Plaque Committee:
Reviews and places plaques on buildings that existed during the Battle in Adams County. For information or an application, contact Deb Novotny.

Book Award Committee:
Review books for the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award.

Field Trip Committee:
Plan future trips for the members of the Civil War Roundtable.

If you are interested in more information, or joining, one the committees, please contact any Officer or Board Member.



The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable welcomes members and guests to this year’s celebration that will include a program by Garry Adelman. The menu will include: Salad and Bread Bar, Hunter’s Style Chicken, Seafood Newburg, Ham with Pineapple Raisin Sauce, Oven Roasted Red Potatoes, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Dill Carrots, Green Beans Almondine, Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce, Cherry Crumb Pie, Chocolate Mousse, Coffee, Ice Tea & Lemonade. Each guest will receive a ticket for a chance at a door prize. Also the book award will be announced. Please refer to the invitation for more details. It promises to be a memorable evening. We hope to see you there.


Do you have something you would like to contribute to our door prize table? These donations are much appreciated and help to make our Holiday banquet so special. Items can be brought to the November meeting, and given to Lynn or any Board member.

Please include your name and list the item(s) you are donating. You can also bring items directly to the banquet, but PLEASE call Lynn at 717-398-2072 before hand so that enough table space can be arranged. Please consider asking any local businesses that you frequent, shops, salons, restaurants, if they would like to donate a gift certificate. Thank you so much.

Hello Friends!

Here we are again getting ready for a wonderful holiday season in Gettysburg! A reminder that our November meeting will be one week earlier than usual, on November 17th, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Let us also remember to give thanks for the troops in all the services that are fighting for us, and the Veterans that have already served.

This year, Dedication and Remembrance celebrations will be on the same day, November 19th, Dedication Day, which commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s delivery in 1863 of The Gettysburg Address, and the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery will begin at 9:30 AM with a wreath laying at the Soldier’s National Monument, followed by the 10 AM keynote address at the rostrum by actor LeVar Burton. Remembrance Day ceremonies, devoted to remembering the soldiers who fought and died during the Battle of Gettysburg, will begin at 1 PM with the annual parade, and then the Illumination of 3512 candles in the cemetery from 5:30 – 9:00 PM.

One of the highlights of our roundtable activities is our bountiful Holiday Banquet. The Dobbin House, with it’s festive decorations, cozy fireplace, and sumptuous buffet will host us on Thursday, December 1st at 6 P.M. Each guest will receive a ticket for a chance at a door prize. A flyer is included in this newsletter, and I am looking forward to seeing you all there, enjoying each other’s company, and the sure to be entertaining and informative presentation by Garry Adelman on Civil War photography. A special feature will be the announcement of the 2016 Book Award winner by Chair, Larry Plymire.

A special thanks to all of you who throughout the year have supported the roundtable in so many ways…by attending the indoor and out door programs, bringing refreshments, helping to set up the electronics, cleaning up the kitchen, chipping in for preservation, donating books for the raffle, and for bringing your enthusiasm to all our meetings! You are what make our roundtable great.

A Joyous Holiday season to you all!

- Lynn


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