Over the past quarter century, our organization has presented programs on almost every era and aspect of American History except NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY. But in January, on the warm, white sands of Lido Beach in Florida, we will begin to redress that, at the first annual Sarasota Native American History Conference – and what an exciting new chapter this...

The Sarasota, Florida Civil War Symposium is widely acclaimed as the premier Civil War conference in the country - because of its stellar faculty, spirited attendees, comfortable ambiance and alluring location on the warm white sands of Lido Beach. Since its inception in 1993, the symposium has enjoyed robust attendance and hatched many enduring friendships....

What was once called The Great War has largely been overlooked, obscured by the vivid moral clarities of the greater war that followed. World War I was a bloody preview of World War II - machine guns, air and submarine warfare, poison gas - these were technologies that applied the tools of mass production to human slaughter. Killing became impersonal, mechanical and vast....

Once again, in late January, we will land on the warm white sands of Lido Beach with a combined task force of distinguished World War II historians and decorated World War II combat veterans - for the 2017 World War II Conference! And you should Join Us!

  • Hear leading historians' carefully crafted presentations...

With Thomas A. Reinhart and John R. Maass (Wednesday 7:30 PM-Saturday 5:00 PM) – includes 3 lunches, Friday dinner and an excursion by ferry boat to St. Michaels.

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ROBERT E. LEE - no general in American history has attracted so much attention and adoration. Dwight D. Eisenhower described him as a man "unsullied as I read the pages of our history." Winston Churchill said Lee was "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived, and one of the greatest captains known to the annals of war."

On Thursday evening...

We thought about creating an event such as this for a long time – a corollary to our annual Sarasota, Florida symposium in January – a program in an appealing place at which folks could learn much about Civil War history from top authorities, while making friends, dining well, browsing books, and the like. Sarasota has the warm, white sands of Lido Beach in the throes of winter...

“The moment I saw the brilliant proud morning rise high over the desert of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul. New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I ever had. It certainly changed me forever.” – D. H. Lawrence

New Mexico is rightly named “The Land of Enchantment.”  The...

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History in the News

What's New

  • UPDATE: World War I and World War II Conference Schedules are Complete!

    The complete schedules of speakers and topics are now available! Find all the details for...

  • ANNAPOLIS "Great Cities Tour" Added to 2017 Schedule + an expanded Shenandoah Valley Conference & Tour now scheduled:

  • Here are some photos from our French and Indian War Tour!

    CLICK HERE for shots from "The French & Indian War in Western...


    Complete symposium information is available HERE....


The William Woods Hassler Award

  • Honoring individuals who make especially meritorious contributions to the field of Civil War education.

The Benjamin and Louise Moore Award

  • Awarded to honor those who have made contributions of exceptional service to our organization.

The Donald A. Weiland Spirit of Gettysburg Award

  • Presented periodically to an individual or individuals for exceptional contributions of goodwill and support during CWEA Gettysburg tours.

Great Locomotive Chase Recap


CWEA recently hosted a two day tour of the Great Locomotive Chase (aka Andrews Raid) based in Chattanooga.  Historians Norman Dasinger and Brandon Beck led the spirited group on a vigorous tour, the highlight of which was a Saturday trip aboard a 1904 steam train. Brandon served as a co-engineer as we traveled through Chattanooga's Missionary Ridge via the pre-war tunnel used by General Patrick Cleburne during the November, 1864 battle.

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The base camp for our long planned annual Civil War Summer Symposium, beginning in August, 2017 at Spring Mill State Historic Park – a sylvan setting, family friendly, affordable, and a WORLD CLASS FACULTY OF HISTORIANS. Do four things please:


   January 17 - 18, 2017 on Lido Beach


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