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Founded in 1984, the Capital District Civil War Round Table is a non-profit, tax exempt educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.  Our purpose is to foster education, awareness and respect for America's historic heritage, with special focus on the Civil War period.  We are dedicated to the preservation of Civil War sites nationwide, and we are a lifetime member of the Civil War Trust (CWT).  We currently have over 160 members.

Listed below are the main activities of the Round Table.

Programs
Meetings are usually held on the second Friday of every month from September through June at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings generally consist of a one hour social with refreshments, a short business meeting, and then a feature program.  Speakers are the best available in the Civil War community, many of whom are members of the Round Table. We sometimes record the meeting and put it on DVD for our members to borrow and view at home.  See the Meetings page for more info.  Occasionally, the date, time, and location of our meetings vary, so be sure to check the Meetings page for any changes.
 
Field Trips
We usually have an overnight field trip in the fall to a major battlefield or historic sites.  Because of our fund-raising notoriety, we often get special guides and tours, including behind the scenes tours, that are not available to the general public.  You just can't buy some of the tours that we've been on.

Banquet
During our Fall banquet we present nationally recognized Civil War authors and experts as speakers.  Guest speakers have included
Ed Bearss, Brian Pohanka, Mark Nesbitt, Clark "Bud" Hall, John Hennessey, A. Wilson Greene, Robert K. Krick, and William "Jack" Davis, to name just a few. 

Newsletter
We publish a monthly newsletter from September to June entitled "The Dispatch", which is filled with special articles, information about upcoming events sponsored by the Round Table, as well as other Capital District happenings of related interest.  The newsletter is available here on our web-site.  If you are currently a member you may receive the newsletter as a hardcopy through the mail.  If you do not want to receive a hardcopy, but instead want to access the newsletter here on our web-site, please let us know by sending an e-mail to cdcwrt@hotmail.com and we will take you off our newsletter mailing list.  This will save us postage costs.  The newsletter is usually available on the web-site a week or so before you would receive the hardcopy.

Preservation
We actively advocate the preservation of sites related to Civil War history. Since 1984 we have raised over $1.1 million (including leveraged matching funds) for various preservation causes, to become one of the nation's most active and productive Round Tables.  We are the Civil War Preservation Trust's "Round Table of the Year" for 2006 If you would like to make a donation to the CDCWRT for preservation activities, please contact any Board member.

Education
We have members who are always willing to visit local school classrooms or employee seminars and give a small talk about the Civil War.  Often, the presenters are dressed in period garb and talk about their experiences as a Civil War soldier.  This is quite an attention getter for the younger schoolkids.
  Contact our "Education" Coordinator by clicking here