Speakers Series


     For many years, the society has presented a Fall and Spring speaker series; three in the Fall and three in the Spring.  These talks have covered many facets of history, from Morgan’s Raiders to the Middletown couple who were married in the Whitehouse with the help of Abraham Lincoln.

    In the past we had a 4-part series about the Treaty of Greenville and two USAF pilots who flew B-52 bombers during the Vietnam War.

     We’ve had experts talk about tribes of Native Americans migrating west as the white man took over their lands.  Many tribes settled for periods of time along the White River near Middletown.  Indeed, some of those people settled along Fall Creek.  The first white men were hanged for killing Native Americans near us in Pendleton.

   On March 17th our first speaker for the spring series was Steven Jackson; a Madison County Historian.  His presentation was on “Remembering the Civil War in Madison County”.   It covered Camp Stilwell, a recruiting and training camp located in Anderson where the Anderson Country Club now sits. 

                             Martha Minnick, Historian


PS:  Don’t miss upcoming speakers.  Mr. Jackson’s presentation covered many very interesting topics including the “Morton Rifles” (34th Indiana Vol. Infantry), Colonel Stilwell, Companies from the surrounding communities, the post Civil War reunions, the “Living Flag”, Colonel Harrison and much more.  LR Bennett


Gen. U.S. Grant will speak at the 6th Street Christian Church,  on May 19 @ 2:00pm

(146 North 6th Street, Middletown, IN)


Dr. Curt Fields has portrayed the commanding general of the Union Army in films, posters and re-enactments.

Fields was selected to portray Grant at the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in 2015. He was featured as Grant, and as a Grant authority, in the Discovery Channel three-part documentary series “How Booze Built America.” Fields is the same height and body style as the general and represents a true-to-life image of the man as he would have looked. He does extensive research in order to share an accurate portrayal. His presentations are made in the first person, quoting from memoirs, articles and letters the general wrote, statements he made in interviews and first-person accounts of people who knew the general or were with him and witnessed him during events.

“It’s eerie. Dr. Curt Fields becomes Gen. Ulysses S. Grant . . . and history comes alive,” said James Goff, professor and chair of the Department of History at Appalachian State University .

Fields has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from the University of Memphis in Tennessee. He earned a second master’s in secondary education and a Ph.D. in educational administration and curriculum from Michigan State University. He spent eight years at the junior and senior high school levels teaching before serving 25 years as a high school administrator. He teaches as an adjunct sociology professor at the University of Memphis and in education for Belhaven University, Memphis. He is now an educational consultant and a living historian.

Fields is a frequent contributor to the monthly newsletter “The Civil War Courier,” and is a member of the Tennessee Historical Society, the West Tennessee Historical Society, the Shelby County Historical Society, the Nathan Bedford Forrest Historical Society, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, the Appomattox 1865 Foundation, the 290 Foundation – dedicated to the Civil War Navies, the Civil War Trust and the Ulysses S. Grant Association.

Source:  By Ellen Gwin Burnette, The Appalachian Today, Appalachian State University, 15 April, 2017



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