Based in Huntington, CT the HCWRT is an
organization for anyone who is interested in the War Between the
States. It holds a monthly program featuring a guest speaker who
talks about some aspect of the American Civil War.
The HCWRT meets on the second Tuesday of
every month from September through June. Meeting time is 7pm,
the Huntington Branch Library, 41 Church Street, Huntington, CT
06484. There is no admission charge and no annual dues are
collected. The group is informational in nature and all of those
who are interested are cordially invited.
The Roundtable actually originated in
October 1990 when the Rev. Charles Smith of the New Covenant
Congregational Church placed an article in local newspapers
inviting anyone who was interested to come and view the Ken
Burns' PBS series on the Civil War. A portion of the series was
shown each week at the New Covenant Church for eight weeks. When
it was over, Rev. Smith said he would like to continue the
meetings on a monthly basis. He then explained the roundtable
format. An organizational meeting was held in December 1990, and
the Housatonic Civil War Roundtable was formally founded. George
Geer of Derby, Conn. was named President and Craig Heyse of
Shelton, Conn. was named Vice President/Program Chairman. The
HCWRT continues to this day and is one of five such
organizations in the state of Connecticut.