Twin Cities Civil War Roundtable

Special offer for Teachers
Ancestors in the War

Annual Civil War Symposium

Commemorating the Late Conflict

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:15 A.M.
Fort Snelling History Center

Bullets were still flying when soldiers began to commemorate the most important event in the nationís history. Fraternal organizations like the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Grand Army of the Republic, and the United Confederate Veterans eventually numbered over half a million. Generations later, research, publishing, battlefield touring and preservation efforts still fascinate. The Rochester, St. Croix Valley, Cannon Valley, Central Minnesota, Hiawatha Valley, Minnesota Valley, Albert Lea and Twin Cities Civil War Roundtables partner with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force to jointly sponsor this Civil War Symposium.


8:30 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Announcements, Stephen Osman
9:30 a.m. America and Minnesota in 1866, Joseph Fitzharris
9:45 a.m. Minnesota Civil War Round Table Brief Introductions
10:00 a.m. The Civil War and New America: How the War Shaped the Future, James (Bud) Robertson
10:50 a.m. Break (browse a variety of Civil War related gifts and books)
11:15 a.m. The Challenge of Preserving Our Nation’s Battlefields, Tim Smith
Noon  Lunch Break
  Several fast food restaurants are within a 5 minute drive of the Fort on West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
1:00 p.m.  Report – The Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force, Darryl Sannes

1:15 p.m.

Josiah R. King: First of the 1st - The Man and His Monument, Christine Podas-Larson
1:30 p.m. Minnesota's Battle Paintings: Artists' Search For the Story, Brian Peases
2:15 p.m. Art in the Minnesota State Capital: A Discussion, members of the Capital Art Subcommittee
3:00 p.m. Closing

Fort Snelling History Center is at the junction of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, one mile east of the International Airport.  From Highway 55 take the Bloomington Road exit and follow the brown Historic Site signs to the big parking lot, then walk down the ramp into the Visitor Center.

Registration: FREE, but ADVANCED REGISTRATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED due to limited seating.

Buffet lunch:  $15.00 per person, including students (LIMITED TO FIRST 100 PAID RESERVATIONS).

To register for symposium and purchase lunch: Send REGISTRATION FORM with check, payable to TCCWRT to:

Civil War Symposium,
c/o 5540 Sanibel Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55343

To register for symposium (no lunch): Email   with names of those attending 

Registration at door for overflow seating only.