For Immediate Release: 10/18/00

Seventh Annual Texas Civil War Seminar Coming to Hill College in November

(Hillsboro, Texas) - The Texas Civil War Seminar, an annual event that attracts historians and preservationists from throughout the country, is coming to Hillsboro in November. The one-day conference, sponsored by the Harold B. Simpson History Complex of Hill College, the Austin Civil War Roundtable, and the Waco Civil War Roundtable, will be held at Hill College on Saturday, November 18, 2000.

"The seminar has become a mainstay on the Texas historical scene," remarked Austin Civil War Roundtable President and Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) Trustee Daniel M. Laney. "We expect this year's event to be the largest and most successful ever."

The theme of this year's seminar is "Johnny Reb and Billy Yank: Hands On." Speaking at the event will be authors Dr. Joe Glatthaar of the University of Houston and Thomas Cartwright, Director of the Carter House and Museum in Franklin, Tenn. Presentations will also be given by living historians and preservationists Steve von Roeder of the Austin Capitol Guards and Robert Lee Hodge, the main figure in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz's best seller, Confederates in the Attic.

The seminar begins with a "preservation breakfast" at 9 a.m. Lectures will be held throughout the day. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to visit a Civil War vendor mall and stroll through a period encampment. "The seminar will salute the biggest war hero of them all, the common soldier," Laney stated.

The cost of the event is $40 per person, including breakfast. Participants can pay at the door. A special "patron" lunch with seminar speakers and other benefits is $100 per guest. Proceeds from both the seminar and lunch will benefit the Simpson History Complex and CWPT's battlefield preservation efforts. In previous years, the seminar has raised nearly $75,000 for battlefield and historical preservation.

WHAT: Seventh annual Texas Civil War Seminar.

WHEN: Saturday, November 18, 2000.

WHO: Speakers include authors Dr. Joe Glatthaar and Thomas Cartwright, and living historians Robert Lee Hodge and Steve von Roeder.

WHERE: The Harold B. Simpson History Complex on the central Texas campus of Hill College, Hillsboro. 


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