The May 2021 round table meeting featured our president, Steve Garrett, who shared his interest and insights concerning two nineteenth century American literary gems, the poets Emily Elizabeth Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The presentation focused on the unique influences, particularly the wartime influences, that shaped the work of these gifted poets. Steve pointed out these influences by sharing some of their familiar and some perhaps not-so-familiar works with us. The presentation provided a welcome look into the lives of these remarkable poets and how their work illuminates the profound impact of the Civil War on the social fabric of the nation.

Our June 10 program (via Zoom) will highlight acclaimed author James Hessler discussing “Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the bloody fight for the ‘commanding ground’ along the Emmitsburg Road.” This critical aspect of the battle is the stuff of legend and we look forward to a fantastic presentation to close out the 2020 – 2021 season.

We continue to be hopeful that we will resume in-person meetings in September. The Board of Trustees continues its commitment to keep you informed as information unfolds by way of our website and direct communication from our secretary. The continued support of our members is critical as we navigate these challenging times.

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