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 Founded: December 1990 by Rev. Charles Smith


Based in Huntington, CT the HCWRT is an organization for anyone who is interested in the War Between the States. It holds a monthly program featuring a guest speaker who talks about some aspect of the American Civil War.

The HCWRT meets on the second Tuesday of every month from September through June. Meeting time is 7pm, on the second floor in the Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street, Huntington, CT 06484. There is no admission charge and no annual dues are collected. The group is informational in nature and all of those who are interested are cordially invited. For more information, please contact roundtable president, George Geer at 203-735-3664

The Roundtable actually originated in October 1990 when the Rev. Charles Smith of the New Covenant Congregational Church placed an article in local newspapers inviting anyone who was interested to come and view the Ken Burns' PBS series on the Civil War. A portion of the series was shown each week at the New Covenant Church for eight weeks. When it was over, Rev. Smith said he would like to continue the meetings on a monthly basis. He then explained the roundtable format. An organizational meeting was held in December 1990, and the Housatonic Civil War Roundtable was formally founded. George Geer of Derby, Conn. was named President and Craig Heyse of Shelton, Conn. was named Vice President/Program Chairman. The HCWRT continues to this day and is one of five such organizations in the state of Connecticut.