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A look at Camden Point’s 150th Memorial Service

Fcamden point battle flag at pleasant grove cemeteryrom the Camden Point Landmark Society ...

A hand-made replica of the Camden Point Battle Flag flies once again in Camden Point at the 150th Memorial Service at Pleasant Grove Cemetery (June 28, 2014). The flag, which was presented to Thornton’s men by local ladies on July 13, 1864, was captured in the battle that day, and now resides in a Colorado museum.  The ceremony also included the recognition of a sign informing visitors as to the history of the cemetery. The sign was placed several weeks ago in memory of Billie Everett and Loretta Larimer by the efforts of the folks in the Camden Point Baptist Church.

For the whole story, see the Camden Point Landmark Society website.

CWRTWM Receives City of Independence 2014 W.Z. Hickman Award for Historic Preservation

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri (CWRTWM) received the 2014 W.Z. Hickman Award for Historic Preservation from the City of Independence.  Accepting the award was Mick Calvert, CWRTWM 2014-05-05 wz hickman award-1President and Pat Gradwohl, CWRTWM First Vice-President.  Several CWRTWM members also attended the awards ceremony.

In 2001, the Heritage Commission developed an annual awards program to honor the challenges of preserving Independence’s rich heritage. These awards are intended to recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, and projects that display an exemplary commitment to historic preservation in Independence.

In 2002, these awards were distinguished by the name “The W.Z. Hickman Awards for Historic Preservation,” in honor of the pioneering efforts of one of Independence’s first historic preservationists. In addition to being considered an authority on matters of local history, William Zere Hickman (1845-1921) also 2014-05-05 wz hickman award-2organized the “Old lainsmen’s Association” of 1909, who assisted the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution in marking the original path of the Santa Fe Trail. In 1916, he also led a citywide movement to see the 1827 Log Courthouse preserved and restored in Independence, for the benefit of future generations and in 1921 authored the book History of Jackson County.

Missouri Civil War Museum opens at Jefferson Barracks

The Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri celebrates its grand opening on June 29, 2013.  To read more about the project, read all about it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The museum's website is:  www.mcwm.org.

Battle Reenactment - Battle of Blue Mills Landing - 150th Commemoration

The Jacksons at the Battle of Liberty / Blue Mills Landing reenactment"This reenactment was presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Blue Mills Landing (aka The Battle of Liberty). The original battle occurred approximately 4 miles south of Liberty, Missouri on September 17, 1861. The reenactment was presented Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Shoal Creek Park in Kansas City, Missouri."

-Tony Meyers

To watch a great video presentation of this event, click here.  You can also view videos of the David Rice Atchison and Alexander Doniphan speeches which were also reenacted on the Liberty courthouse steps.

What We Do

Monthly Program/Meetings - Featuring "Speaker of the Month" or "Round Table Sessions," refreshments and socializing with others of like interests. Meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Villages of Jackson Creek (lower level), 3980-A South Jackson Drive, Independence, MO.  Check the Calendar to verify the date, location and find out about the next program topic.  Visitors are always welcome!

Monthly Board Meetings - Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month.  Members can verify the date and location by logging into this site and checking the Calendar.  Non-members can send an inquiry via the Contact Us page.  Visitors are always welcome!

The Sonny Wells Little Blue Battlefield Memorial Commission - A subsidiary Commission organized for the purpose of receiving and maintaining all real estate and monies of the Little Blue Battlefield and its memorials, setting goals, raising funds and any other purposes lawfully identified, in order to preserve the Little Blue Battlefield, located at and near the Little Blue River and U.S. Highway 24 in eastern Jackson County, Missouri.

The Lewis-Gregg Cemetery Commission - A subsidiary Commission organized for the purpose of owning, operating, maintaining and funding the Lewis-Gregg Cemetery, located in eastern Jackson County, Missouri, which includes land and monies transferred from the Jackson County Historical Society in 2006, and for any other purposes lawfully identified, in order to preserve the Lewis-Gregg Cemetery.

Field Trips - Excursions to local history sites, first-hand learning, refreshments.

Annual Picnic - Complete with Civil War fare, when we dare, games, usually a cannon or two, dancing the "Virginia Reel."

Christmas Party – Prizes, Christmas feast, celebration of Christmas past, costuming.

Monthly Newsletter – "The Border Star" for our members, monthly calendar items, border warfare articles, national Civil War articles, information about our members and friends.

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