The Kankakee Valley Civil War Round Table
Presents its
14th Annual Civil War Symposium
 April 2, 2005
   Again this year there will be four outstanding speakers on Civil War History and a closing discussion with time for questions and answers.
   A buffet dinner will be provided-along with morning coffee.
   Bob Murphy, bookseller, will offer books for sale and our authors/speakers will be happy to sign your copies of  their work. We will also have a silent auction.
   Any money over the expenses of the seminar will be donated to Civil War preservation efforts.
The cost is $50 for adults and $25 for students.
NOTE: This year is the First time since our beginning, that we have raised our price. We apologize but feel it was necessary.
8:30 am- Registration Opens
9:00 am- Opening remarks by Gary Wright
9:15 am- First Speaker
10:15 am- Break
10:30 am- Second Speaker
12:00 Noon- Dinner
1:00 pm- Third Speaker
2:00 pm- Break
2:15 pm- Final Speaker
3:15 pm. Closing Discussion with the full panel of speakers
4:00 pm Symposium 2005 Ends.
Our Guest Speakers include:

John M. Coski
        "The Confederate Battle Flag: American's Most Embattled Emblem"
   Mr. Coski is a historian and Director of Library and Research at the Museum of the Confederacy, where he has worked since 1988. He has worked for the National Park Service at Fredricksburg, Spotsylvania, and Antientam battlefields.
   He is the author of "Capital Navy, The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron" He has also written several books on the history and collections of the Museum of the Confederacy.
   His new book is the title of his talk. He will trace the evolving uses and meanings of the most familiar of all Confederate symbols and discuss historical prespectives
on present-day controversies surrounding the flag.
Dave Hinze
"E. Porter Alexander's critical failure on
July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg."
   Mr. Hinze is a teacher, author and tour guide in American History. He is the
co-author of the "Battle of Carthage, Border War in Southwest Missouri, July
5, 1861" as well as numerous articles.
  His program examines the reason for the failure of the artillery barrage preceding Pickett's charge, therefor dooming the attack to failure.

Robert I. Girardi
"The Real War Will Never Get in the Books"
  Mr. Girardi is employed as a violent crimes detctive by the Chicago Police Department. He is a past president of the Chicago Civil War Round table, and has
held varous positions with the Salt Creek Round table. He has co-edited books with Roger E. Bohn, Peter Cozzens, and Nathaniel Chearis Hughes. He is the
author of "The Soldiers View: The Civil War Art of Keith Rocco". He only has four more books in progress!
  His acknowledgements are legion, as are his activities and past presentations. We are honored that he has found time to speak to us.

Max & Donna Daniels
"A Press Conference with
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln"
  Max and Donna have an extensive background in community theater and have protrayed Abraham and Mary Tod Lincoln professionally since 1988. They were voted the best "Lincoln Team" in 1994 and have appeared on C-span and ABC/Channel 7 in Chicago.
   Since 1995 they have preformed at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center in Springfield and helped dedicate the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetary in Joliet in 1999. They are attractions at Civil War re-enactments throughout the Midwest and make over 200 appearances each year at school, libraries, and other organizations.
This event will be held at:
 Quality Inn of Bradley
 One mile south of exit 315
  off Interstate 57
 On Illinois Route 50
Cost $50 for Adults, Preregistered
         25 for Students, Preregistered
           55 at the door, space permitting.
 Limited seats may be available the day of the Symposium.
Call to check on availability by
Thursday, March 31, 2005 (phone 815-939-1041-fax 708-758-6092),
or email: Art Schumacher@
Registering by phone or email  in advance will entitle you to the $50 preregistration

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