The 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:
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.
Editor-in-Chief Chris Mackowski welcomed back a lot of familiar faces, but we were pleased to see many new attendees, as well.
Keynote speaker A. Wilson “Will” Greene chats with Richard Lewis of Civil War Trails.
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.)
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 returned to one more cover the Symposium. Segments will begin airing in mid-September.
We also taped a number of segments of our own for the ECW YouTube page. Look for those videos beginning later this month.
Proceeds from our used book sale go to support our preservation efforts.
ECW authors had the chance to sell their own books, too.
Kevin Pawlak (right) chatted up folks browsing the book sales.
Our colleagues with Emerging Revolutionary War made an appearance, with books AND toys! (They sold their books but kept their toys.)
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.
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.
Following his Friday night keynote address, Will Greene spent some time signing books for his many fans at the Symposium.
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.
Bourbon chicken and herb-rubbed pork loin with apricot gastrique topped the Saturday lunch menu.
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 spoke on the forgotten battle of Williamsburg.
The contingent from Hampton Roads enjoyed the Saturday evening after-party at Strangeways Brewing.
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.
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.
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!