The Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table meets at the Westwood United Methodist Church, 538 Nichols Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of the following months: September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May.

All meetings begin at 7:00 pm with a social period and refreshments. The program begins at 7:30 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. A brief business meeting (10 –15 minutes) follows, which consists of club business and announcements regarding Civil War-related news and future events (preservation efforts, reenactments, etc.). The main program follows, which generally consists of an approximately 45 minute - 1 hour long presentation on some aspect of the Civil War (a personality, politics, technology, a battle, etc.). Speakers are either Round Table members or experts from outside the area, and presentations often include slides, overheads, or other audio-visual aids.

The Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table has conducted fund raisers to support numerous Historic Preservation Efforts over the years. Generally, this support is in the form of a donation to a preservation fund organized to save a specific Civil War site from development. Please click here for information on efforts we have supported.

To stimulate new scholarship on the Civil War in the West, every other year the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table presents the Albert Castel Award to the author of the best recent book on the Civil War in the West. The prize consists of a $500 cash award and a commemorative plaque. For a more information on previous winners of the Award, or to find out how to submit a book for consideration of the next award, please click here.

To help promote the local interest in the civil war, the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table awards an annual $50 cash prize for the best Civil War-related entry in the Kalamazoo District Michigan History Day Competition. We also give the student an opportunity to practice his/her program in front of an audience before advancing to the state competition. If there are no Civil War-related entries in the Kalamazoo District, then the award is not given. For more information, please click here.

For more information on the KCWRT, contact President Dave Jordan at (269) 323-3757 or davejordan@chartermi.net.

 

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