2017 Meetings

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Civil War Trivia

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Civil War Trivia

LeAnn Krokker


Please come to our Annual Civil War Trivia Night hosted by our own LeAnn Krokker!  This has always been a very fun evening with lots of friendly competition! 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Michigan and the Economic & Industrial Tools of the Civil War

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Michigan and the Economic & Industrial Tools of the Civil War

Professor Dennis Doyle


Please come to our February meeting to hear Professor Dennis Doyle present the very interesting subject of how Michigan developed into an important component of the industrial, technological and agricultural power of the Northern states that helped to defeat a determined Southern army.  He will focus on Michigan's population, the number of soldiers it supplied to the Union army, how it fed, clothed, trained and transported them into the Civil War.


Professor Dennis Doyle has been a full time professor at Joliet Junior College since January, 2003 and his teaching and research interests center on the American Civil War, the Great Depression and the social history of poverty in America.  Professor Doyle also developed one of the first community college courses on War, Conflict and Peace a class that he teaches every spring semester at JJC.  Professor Doyle is an active member of the Society of Military History and President of the South Suburban Civil War Round Table.  He has a B.A. from Colorado State University, a M.A. from DePaul University and a M.A. from American University.  

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SHELL....RANGE: 1000 YARDS....4 SECOND FUSE....LOAD!

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SHELL....RANGE: 1000 YARDS....4 SECOND FUSE....LOAD!

Retired Gettysburg Park Ranger, Mr. Scott Adrian


Please come to our March meeting to hear Retired Gettysburg Park Ranger Scott Adrian give an in depth presentation on Civil War Artillery.


​After graduating from high school in Arlington VA, Scott earned his bachelor of arts degree in American History, a minor in secondary education from Stonehill College, North Easton Massachusetts in 1970.  College was followed by 13 years in the US Navy and 18 with the American Red Cross.  Moving to Michigan in 1996, his wife's home state, Scott became involved in Civil War re-enacting with Church's 4th Michigan Battery (Battery D 1st MI Light Artillery), became a fully certified member of the National Civil War Artillery Association.


However, he wanted "to get back into history" and discovered a Federal employment website announcement that a position was available as a National Park Service interpretive Park Ranger at Little Big Horn National Monument in Crow Agency MT. Selected for this position Scott spent four months during the spring and summer of 2004 as a seasonal employee where he "killed (Gen) Custer four times a day."  The following year, a Park position opened in Boston MA where he spent the next four years at the Charleston Naval Shipyard division of the Boston National Historical Park performing black powder demonstrations at the Bunker Hill Monument and conducting tours of both the shipyard and the USS CASSIN YOUNG DD-793.  In 2009 a permanent position opened at his "dream work place," Gettysburg National Military Park and he was selected for this position.  Scott then spent the next 5 years at "his glorious 6,000 acres of battlefield," conducting tours and performing programs.  Perhaps the highlight of his career occurred in September of 2010 when he and his wife Sharon moved onto the battlefield itself into the Altoff farm on Wheatfield Road.  While the farmhouse itself wasn't built until 1880, it's farm lane is believed to be part of the actual path taken by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's 20th Maine Infantry on their way to Little Round Top on July 2, 1863.  Family health issues with his wife Sharon's developing cancer forced him to reluctantly make the decision to retire on October 31, 2014.


Since returning home to western Michigan and Fremont, Scott has become very involved with the Southwest Michigan Civil War Round Table in Saint Joseph MI.  In May of this year he was selected as the guest speaker at the Daughters of the American Revolution 5 Chapter luncheon in Mount Pleasant MI.  Both he and Sharon continue their Gettysburg connection as “volunteers at large" and continue their efforts to provide more information about the men listed on the Pennsylvania Monument in Gettysburg.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sultana - Fate's Cruel Twist

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sultana - Fate's Cruel Twist

President & Founder of the Israel B. Richardson Civil War Round Table, Mr. Bill Grandstaff


A riverboat catches fire on the Mississippi in 1865 but it didn’t get much coverage in the newspapers of the day. Because it occurred during the jubilation with the end of the war, it became a little known footnote in history. The story of the 1800 men (more than were lost on the Titanic in 1912) who lost their lives in one of the worst naval disasters in history is a real tragedy.  They were Union veterans that had been released and were returning north to home and safety.  Please come to our April meeting to look more closely into how something like this could happen.


After 43 years working for a plumbing wholesale company in Pontiac, MI, Bill Grandstaff retired, and as Mark Twain said, “I hired a hall and gave a lecture and have never had to do a day’s work since.”


Living in Romeo with his wife, Peggy, he maintains an old 1876 home so his three kids and three grandkids have a place to visit.  Their dog, Max, maintains control of the house and their activities evolved around his schedule (it seems).


Bill is on the board of directors for the Wisner House in Pontiac.  He does first person portrayals as Moses Wisner for the tours of the campus.  He works with the Octagon House in Washington, MI as Loren Andrus, the builder and owner of the 1860 home.  As Mr. Andrus, he gives talks to school and tour groups.  In addition, he is the President and founder of the Israel B. Richardson Civil War Round Table.  One of his favorite activities is giving CW talks to different organizations with the hope of sparking an interest in some aspect of the Civil War.   With those few extra moments, Bill is a trustee on the Romeo District Library, chairman of the Suburban Library Co-op, a member of the Romeo Planning Commission plus a member of the Cemetery Board.  As his wife says, “I have got them coming and going.”  But aside from all of this, Bill’s month of December is committed to visiting nursing homes, schools and tree lighting events in three communities in my red suit.


Bill is a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Airborne Division with two years of service in the US Army.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Round Table Discussion of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Round Table Discussion of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign

Mike Dumke, Ted Chamberlain, Keith Chapman & Scott Adrian


The May meeting will be an open discussion by the members of the round table of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. The meeting will be moderated by Mike Dumke, Ted Chamberlain, Keith Chapman & Scott Adrian. The discussion will include the various aspects of the Campaign including troop movements, personalities, battles, terrain, significance, and the effect the end result had on the War. 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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