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Current Programs

Meetings usually consist of a social hour, dinner, and program. Anyone may attend the program free of charge, but regular attenders are requested to pay membership dues to defray costs. Most events are held at The Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale, Iowa. The restaurant is near the intersection of I-80/35 and Hickman Road and offers free parking. The meeting room is to the left of the front door. Here is a typical evening schedule:

5:30 p.m. -- Cash Bar Opens
6:30 p.m. -- Dinner by Reservation
7:15 p.m. -- Program Begins


PROGRAM CHAIRPERSON -- Contact John Liepa at 515-961-8539

PAST PROGRAMS -- Click here for a partial list

Spring 2017 Campaign

January 18
"Lincoln Must Die," Alan Kirshen, Des Moines Civil War Roundtable

February 15
"Rafael Semmes and the 'Alabama': Pirates or Patriots?" -- Roberta and Lydon Swartzendruber, Des Moines Civil War Round Table

March 15
"Civil War Medicine" -- John Duggan, Mason City, Iowa, and John Bonner, Vincent, Iowa, Re-enactors

April 19
"Baseball's Origins: Reaching Iowa, and the Role of the Civil War" -- John Liepa, Des Moines Civil War Round Table
NOTE: Collection viewing, dinner and program to be held at the Cub Club, Principal Park, Des Moines

May 17
"Women in the Civil War" -- Pippa White, Storyteller, Lincoln, Nebraska

June 21
"Silent Witnesses: The Story of the Civil War Told by 25 Objects" -- Patricia Essick, Ottumwa Civil War Roundtable

Fall 2017 Campaign

September 6
"Raise the Iowa Shout! Grading the Performance of Hawkeye Combat Unit" -- Thomas Baker, Iowa City

October 4
"Topic to be Announced" -- Victoria Webb, Guthrie Center and Jeff Kluever, Des Moines Civil War Roundtable

November 14
"A New Framework for Civil War 'Military' History" -- Richard McMurry, Dalton, Georgia

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