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Schedule and Session Descriptions


Friday  7:00-8:30 p.m.
Tim Ritter presenting "Civil War Reenacting: History, Research and Smelling Badly"
First: Yes, the wool is hot and scratchy...
This entertaining presentation portrays a Civil War soldier in Missouri, including many historical nuances about the war itself, plus details specific to our state.  Unique and often humorous tales and insights from re-enactments, including Tim’s participation in the 150th Anniversary reenactment at Gettysburg, PA, are among the highlights of this presentation that explores the war’s echoes which linger to this day.
9:00 am – 10:00 am   
Alan Chilton and Jeff Patrick from Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
Jeff Patrick and Alan Chilton will discuss the unique resources and services offered at the Hulston Library and museum at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. With their depth of Civil War knowledge, they can help you access information to learn more about your ancestor and his experiences in the Civil War as well as help you to identify, understand, and care for historical artifacts. 
10:45 am – 11:45 am
Stacey Franklin from Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO will present "Accessing Military Records Using Fold3."
Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. These records help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them.  Emphasis will be placed on search tips as well as the types of records available.

Lunch speaker Charlie Dischinger will present “The Common Soldier” 
There was nothing really common about the Common Soldier.  They had to carry everything they needed and if they could not carry it, they had to find a way to get by without it.  They wore the same uniform daily for months at a time. They were given three days worth of rations at a time, hopefully every three days.  And they carried their life in a small canvas bag known as a Haversack. Yep! About as common as you could get.
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Michael Price from Springfield's The Library Center will present "From Service Records to Regimental Papers:  Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor"
Learn tips and techniques for researching your ancestors who fought in the Civil War - the records available for studying these soldiers and how to trace their movements throughout the war.  We will emphasize using military records to explore the complete service of a soldier and how to search the wide variety of ways historians have interpreted these unique men and their extraordinary experience.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
John Dougan state archivist of the Missouri State Archives will present "Exemptions and Exceptions: Why Your Ancestor Did Not Serve in the Civil War"
With only 13.5% of the American population serving in the American Civil War, what sources are available to determine why a service eligible ancestor does not appear in military records? Although most of the examples used in this lecture relate to Missouri Union troops, similar records are available for all other states that participated in the Civil War.