The Old Colony Civil War Round Table invites all those interested in the history of the American Civil War to be present at our monthly membership meetings and other activities we hold during the year. No matter if you‘re a novice or have extensive knowledge of the Civil War, our main purpose is to discuss and learn from each other and from our featured guest speakers. We are made up of those interested in researching, collecting, preservation, reading, touring, listening, and advocating for the history of the Civil War.
Our monthly membership meetings are held the 3rd Thursday each month of September, November, January, February, March, April, and May at 7:30pm at the Endicott Estate in Dedham. Our December meeting is held the 2nd Thursday of the month. Our October meeting is our Annual Jubilee Dinner at a different site. Our June Picnic is also at a different site. There are no meetings in July or August.
Our monthly membership meetings are free and open to the general public. We have a book sale at 7:00pm which all the receipts go into our Preservation Fund and refreshments are served after the meeting. After a short business meeting we have a “mini-bit“ presentation by one of our members and then a featured guest speaker rounds out the evening.
If you decide to join, yearly membership dues are only $20.00 for an individual and only $25.00 for a family membership.
The name “Olde Colony” originally referred to the Plimoth Plantation Colony. The first successful and continuous settlement of the English speaking people in North America, and subsequently its towns spread around and expanded beyond Plimoth. The towns collectively are known as the “South Shore” in Massachusetts today, where most of our members came from.
A Civil War Round Table (CWRT) is a gathering of those interested in the Civil War. Some members have an intense interest in the study of various aspects of the war, some devoted to research, some to collecting. Most members have a dedicated interest and enjoy reading, touring and listening to the presentations. The only criteria required to become a member is to have an interest in the Civil War. Both Northern and Southern sentiments are welcome.
Civil War Round Tables were started in the Chicago area in around 1940s. There are Round Tables all over the country, several in New England. Some memberships are in the hundreds and some have only a dozen. Most have scheduled monthly meetings except during the summer months. Many have a dinner meeting or two and a Battlefield Tour scheduled. While there is no central organization for these Round Tables, a good relationship exists with all. Many swap newsletters and speakers. Some members belong to several Round Tables.
The Old Colony Civil War Round Table has many years of operation. We started with nine chartered members and now have over one hundred. Of the nine founders, five were past presidents of other Round Tables that wanted one started on the South Shore. We have members from all walks of life, and cities and towns from Lynn to Nantucket and even one member from Maryland. With few exceptions, we meet monthly on the Third Thursday of the Month.
We are currently meeting (most months) at the Endicott Estate, in Dedham, Massachusetts. We have a variety of speakers and subjects at our meetings. One member runs an inexpensive bus tour each spring. In the past we have gone to Gettysburg for Two Days on the Fields of Gettysburg with Ed Bearss” (the premier Civil War guide. We also have a monthly newsletter, The Campaign.
All in All The Old Colony Civil War Round Table makes for a a very informative, yet informal evening once a month. Please join us at our next meeting; I think you will enjoy it.
David J. Kenney, Former President 1998.