Last night I was an invited speaker to the Urquhart-Gillette Camp #1471, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Courtland, Va. I could not have had a more congenial host. Lt. Commander Jim Hart welcomed me, gave me a fine introduction, and actively listened to my talk. In fact, the entire camp paid close attention and asked some excellent questions afterwards. Having such a great crowd with an active interest in the Civil War era is always a bonus and add to that they threw in a nice ham and yam dinner – what more could a speaker ask for?
It is such a privilege to be an invited guest speaker to any organization. Our Archives CW150 committee has any number of speakers available for talks and on any number of subjects related to the Civil War. See the Speakers Bureau tab from our main blog page for topics and potential speakers for your organization. We will come and speak to your group about the activities of the Archives Sesquicentennial committee (such as our First Wednesdays blog posts or the recent exhibit during National Archives week). We can talk with your group about a particular topic or subject dealing with North Carolina and the Civil War or just speak about the materials at the Archives you can use to study and research the Civil War (a sampling of these can be seen from our main blog page and the Find Your Civil War Ancestors tab).
The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War is about to enter its second year in January. I encourage you to, as an individual, check out some of the events the Department of Cultural Resources has planned for 2012. If you are the event coordinator for your group and are looking for speakers please reveiw our Speakers Bureau and consider inviting one of us out to talk with you about the Civil War. You don’t have to feed us a nice ham and yam dinner like the Urquhart-Gillette Camp did for me but it is quite ok if you do decide to to do that as well!
Thanks again to Courtland Sons of Confederate Veterans for being such great hosts. And as I said at the meeting last night – I hope to see some of you in Raleigh researching your Civil War ancestor.