We have received news of Kerck Kelsey’s passing on March 26. The obituary linked below is from the Portland Press Herald. Kerck was a member of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Roundtable and was a speaker on several occasions, the last being this past December: “Abel Streight, Benjamin Grierson, and the Tale of Two Cavalry Raids.” (See our December meeting post below.)

In addition, Kerck was an, if not the, expert on the Washburn family and he recently delivered a talk at the South Freeport Congregational Church on the family. Related to the Washburn’s, he discovered his family and this interest led to his pursuing a master’s degree in history and an interest in civil war history. His family and history interest led to a close association with the Wasburn-Norlands family home museum in Livermore and many presentations at many different locations. All of this happened after he retired. We certainly will miss him.


Steve Garrett, President

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