December 2019 Meeting – Garry Adelman

For our December “members meeting” we have a special treat:  Civil War historian and photography expert Garry Adelman!

As this is our members meeting, we will serve light refreshments and snacks.  We plan to meet at Balch, but are moving the start time up to 7:00 p.m., to allow for mingling.  The speaker presentation will start, as normal: 7:30 p.m.  Please watch for more details by way of email.

Meeting time: Tuesday, December 10, 2019; 7:00 p.m.

Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

Topic: Civil War Photo Extravaganza!

Join historian Garry Adelman of the American Battlefield Trust for a lively photography presentation covering all manner of Civil War events, people and places. The Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed and, for the first time in history, the public was exposed to real-life images of the gruesome toll of battle.  Through then-and-now photographs and other techniques, Mr. Adelman will tell the story of the Civil War and its aftermath through the intensive and revolutionary wet-plate photography process and the truly unique individuals involved in the birth of photojournalism and more.

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Garry E. Adelman is the Director of History and Education for the American Battlefield Trust.  He earned his B.A. in business from Michigan State University and his M.A. in history at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of Gettysburg in 3-D (2013) Antietam in 3-D (2012), Manassas Battlefields Then & Now (2011), The Civil War 150 (2011) Antietam: Then & Now (2005), The Myth of Little Round Top (2003), The Early Gettysburg Battlefield (2001), Little Round Top: A Detailed Tour Guide (2000), and Devil’s Den: A History and Guide (1997) as well as nine Civil War image booklets. He has published articles in Civil War Times, Civil War Monitor, Gettysburg Magazine, Civil War News, Hallowed Ground and others. He has conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at ten battlefields, has given thousands of battlefield tours at more than 50 sites and has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He has appeared as a speaker on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network, American Heroes Channel, and on HISTORY where he was a chief consultant and talking head on the Emmy Award-winning show Gettysburg (2011) and Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (2015). He is a founder and longtime vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg.

About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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