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May 2009
Edward J. Wooldridge, Pres.            Gary Cowardin, Editor    
13700 Lintel Lane                      1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Midlothian, VA 23113                   Richmond, VA 23227-3735                   

May 2009 Program Gerald J. Prokopowicz "Did Lincoln Own Slaves and Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln?" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the Boulevard United Methodist Church, 321 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA (corner of Boulevard and Stuart Ave.) Enter the basement door on the right side under the front steps. Gerald J. Prokopowicz served for nine years as scholar-in-residence at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the nation's largest museum dedicated to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. In his position he answered thousands of questions about Abraham Lincoln from over 50,000 visitors to the museum each year wishing to learn more about the nation's most famous president. Many of these questions found their way into his 2008 book Did Lincoln Own Slaves? and other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Prokopowicz's presentation at our May meeting will look at the public's ever evolving interest in Abraham Lincoln as reflected in some of the more controversial questions asked about him, including the title question: Did Lincoln own slaves? Dr. Prokopowicz holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is currently chair of the history department at East Carolina University. Prior to that, while serving as the resident Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum, he helped create the award-winning exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment," and edited the bulletin Lincoln Lore. His first book, All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862 received critical acclaim. He also hosts an online radio show, Civil War Talk Radio. Dr. Prokopowicz is a member of the Advisory Board to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Lincoln Forum.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE As of this writing, our membership stands at 203. Thanks to all of you for renewing your membership; and a special thanks to the 22 individuals who joined as sustaining members. A final reminder: 2009 dues were due and payable as of March 15, 2009. If you have not yet renewed your membership for this year, you have until May 12, the date of our next membership meeting to do so. As required in our bylaws, after that date, you will be dropped from our membership roll. Should you choose to rejoin later, you will need to pay the $25 initiation fee as well as your annual dues.
Reservations Now Being Accepted for RCWRT Tour (Seats still available.) The Richmond Civil War Round Table will have its annual bus tour on Saturday, June 6. This year we will examine the Culpeper area during the war. Our daylong trip will leave from Mary Munford Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. en route to Kelly's Ford. We will enjoy lunch at the Graffiti House, then ride to the battlefield at Brandy Station in the afternoon. The bus will return to Richmond at 5 p.m. We are proud to announce that Greg Mertz, a longtime historian with the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, will be our guide. His area of expertise, the cavalry, will be an emphasis of this tour. Cost of the trip is $25 per person and payments are now being accepted. You may mail your check to: David Whitehead 4305 Cary St. Rd. Richmond, VA 23221
Notice the newsletter is now a little wider. Compare the older style article above with the newer style below.
We Need Your Help Over the next few months a committee headed by John Coski will be looking at the way we, the RCWRT, communicates with its members. This is being brought on by the costs for all our activities such as the costs of bringing in good speakers (food & travel), meeting facilities, postage, paper, printing and the other costs of doing our roundtable business. The committee includes the past and present newsletter editors. We will be looking at how money can be saved dealing with communications. There are some options such as quarterly or yearly newsletters listing all the speakers and monthly postcards or better yet - YOU CAN HELP BY USING YOUR E-mail address if you have internet access. In the latter case an E-mail will be sent to you with the URL for that month's communication such as the one for this letter below. You can then print your own paper copy if you want. (URL = Universal Resource Locator this is an internet location address or in other words an internet link.) If you noticed my name in the URL, this is because the RCWRT web site is within my original site dating back to the mid 90's. I did this to save the RCWRT the costs of space on the web since I have other sites already on line that are paid for. At this time the RCWRT just pays for the URL: (When you go in through my site name is not shown.) At present a paper copy will still be sent to those who do not have internet access. If you have an E-mail address and internet access and are not currently E-mail receiving your newsletter notification please let me know ASAP. My E-mail address is:
Upcoming Events
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RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2009
Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter Gary Cowardin, Editor 1404 Lorraine Ave. Richmond, VA 23227-3735

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