We are a non-profit educational institution that promotes the study of the American Civil War. We have monthly meetings, take field trips and do volunteer work at Gettysburg. The only requirement for membership in the WPACWRT is an interest in the Civil War.
The WPACWRT meets the third Wednesday of every month excluding January (no meeting) and July (North Park picnic instead). The meetings are held at the Edgeworth Elementary School in Edgeworth, PA except for June and August (Edgeworth school closed). In June and August, our meetings are held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ambridge. The meetings begin at 7:30 pm. Each month we host a speaker who will address a topic related to the Civil War, e.g., battles, personalities, etc. The meetings are free and open to members of the public of all ages. In the past we have hosted such speakers as Dr. James Robertson, Dr. Joseph Harsh, Brian Pohanka, Jeffrey Wert, Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Neeley, Eric Wittenberg, Brian Steel Wills, and other distinguished scholars.
All members are invited to attend the annual field trip to a Civil War battlefield. Our tour guide for seven years has been Ed Bearss, historian Emeritus for the National Parks.
We also partake in other short trips, volunteer projects for battlefield preservation, and annual picnics. Our members range from scholarly writers to those merely interested in learning more about the Civil War. A family membership is only $15 per year and entitles the member to the monthly newsletter “Stray Shots” and priority access to all trips. For more information contact Dave Fisher, President (412-884-1536) or Marilyn Allingham, Secretary Treasurer (412-421-1797).
Banner images and background photographs on this site are courtesy of Andre Mammino (Andre’s Gettysburg Pictures). All members of the WPACWRT.