“A Good Time Was Had By All”–Scenes from the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

Symposium Program 2019.jpgThe Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge is now in the books. Wow, what a great time last weekend!

On Monday morning, we’ll announce details about next year’s event, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, take a look at last weekend’s fun:

Welcome ECW copy

This is our sixth year at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property located on the Spotsylvania battlefield. They remain a great partner to ECW, and we’re grateful for all they do for us.

Chris at Podium Laughing

Editor-in-Chief Chris Mackowski welcomed back a lot of familiar faces, but we were pleased to see many new attendees, as well.

Greene and Lewis

Keynote speaker A. Wilson “Will” Greene chats with Richard Lewis of Civil War Trails.

Kevin Speaking 2019

We hosted a full house in the Lodge. (We sold out by early June, so consider getting your tickets for next year sooner rather than later.)

Phil in Riddick House

Last year, attendees asked for break-out sessions, so on Friday evening, we had a couple talks in the basement of the Riddick House (where the Symposium got started years ago!).

C-SPAN 2019

C-SPAN returned to one more cover the Symposium. Segments will begin airing in mid-September.

Shooting YouTube videos

We also taped a number of segments of our own for the ECW YouTube page. Look for those videos beginning later this month.

Book Sale 2019

Proceeds from our used book sale go to support our preservation efforts.

Crenshaw Book Display 2019

ECW authors had the chance to sell their own books, too.

Kevin Book Signing

Kevin Pawlak (right) chatted up folks browsing the book sales.

Rev War Figures 2019

Our colleagues with Emerging Revolutionary War made an appearance, with books AND toys! (They sold their books but kept their toys.)

Civil War Trails 2019

Civil War Trails remains an important ECW partner. We were glad to have Executive Drew Gruber with us for the weekend, along with board member Richard Lewis.

CVBT display 2019

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust plays a vital role in preserving the hallowed ground around Spotsylvania, including their recent purchase of nearby Myer’s Hill. Support them at cvbt.org.

Greene booksigning 2019

Following his Friday night keynote address, Will Greene spent some time signing books for his many fans at the Symposium.

Sarah Gets Award

Sarah Kay Bierle, ECW’s managing editor, received this year’s Brig. Gen. Emory Upton Award for her service to ECW. Her proud mom (who was a huge help to us this year!) is snapping a picture.

Buffet 2019

Bourbon chicken and herb-rubbed pork loin with apricot gastrique topped the Saturday lunch menu.

Sweing at Symposium

One of our attendees worked quietly on a sewing project between speakers. She promised us that she found the weekend better than just “sew-sew.” 😉

Drew Gruber 2019

Drew Gruber spoke on the forgotten battle of Williamsburg.

After Party 2019-02

The contingent from Hampton Roads enjoyed the Saturday evening after-party at Strangeways Brewing.

After Party 2019-01

Saturday night’s after-party at Strangeways let folks carry on the conversation in a more informal atmosphere, sharing good conversation, good company, and good beer.

Bert Tour at NAR

On Sunday, ECW’s Bert Dunkerly, in his capacity as a National Park Service historian, led a tour along the North Anna River, including at the limited-access Jericho Mills battlefield.

Jon-Erik and Mark

Cheers! from Jon-Erik Gilot and Mark Malloy

You can see a few additional pictures on Stevenson Ridge’s blog.

Stay tuned for details on next year’s Symposium, coming soon!

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