Annual Civil War Symposium


American Civil War education – a day’s worth of knowledge for everyone

Saturday, April 4, 2020 – CANCELLED

The Rochester, St. Croix Valley, Moorhead, Cannon Valley, Central Minnesota, Hiawatha Valley, Minnesota Valley, Albert Lea, Twin Cities and Litchfield G.A.R. Civil War Round Tables partner with the Meeker County Historical Society to jointly sponsor this Civil War Symposium.

The Litchfield G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum is located at 308 N Marshall Ave, Litchfield, MN 55355.  Next door is Christian Church – Litchfield where registration, all presentations and lunch will be held.   The location is just northeast of downtown and about a 70-minute drive west on Highway 12 from the Twin Cities.

A charter bus will shuttle to the event from the Metro Transit I394 & Highway 74 Park & Ride facility just south of Highway 394 at Hopkins Crossroads, County Road 73 South. (Just east of the Ridgedale Center and west of Highway 169.)  The facility has plenty of parking and is on multiple public transportation routes.  Cost is $20 per person.  Riders should board at 7 AM, and will return by 6 PM.  This bus will also transport riders to the Forest City Stockade at the end of the Symposium sessions.

Symposium Registration: $10 per person. Students free. ADVANCED REGISTRATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED due to limited seating.

Buffet lunch: $15 per person, including students.  Registration deadline for lunch is March 15, 2020.

Please complete the attached registration form and enclose with your check, or register on line via PayPal.

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

Civil War Symposium
c/o 5540 Sanibel Dr.                 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN 
Minnetonka, MN 55343            CANCELLED.

Registration at door for available seating only.

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Announcements, Stephen Osman
9:15 a.m.

They Both Prayed to the Same God: Religion and Faith in the Civil War,            Fr. Bob Miller

10:00 a.m. Minnesota Civil War Round Tables Brief Introductions
10:10 a.m. Break and Museum Visit
10:30 a.m. Legislating for the Soldier Vote, Rebecca Rubinstein
11:15 a.m. Minnesota’s Lesser Known Generals, Brian Pease
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break and Museum Visit
1:00 p.m. Technology and the Civil War, Arn Kind
1:45 p.m. Financing the Civil War and the Fallout in Minnesota, Dan Munson
2:20 p.m. Closing Announcements, Stephen Osman
2:30 p.m. Field Trip: The 1862 Forest City Stockade