MARCH 15, 2017
SPEAKER: Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service
TOPIC: An Evening with Ed Bearss
Ed Bearss has earned the distinction of being one of the best known and revered Civil War historians. He has spent his lifetime studying, teaching, writing, recounting and documenting the War. He was on the front lines as a Marine in WWII but he has also been on the front lines as Chief Historian of the NPS, saving Civil War battlefields, recovering a sunken battleship, and leading hundreds of tours. Best of all – Ed is a great storyteller. Our “Evening with Ed” will enable him to tell his stories of some of his many experiences.
We are very fortunate to have Jack Waugh moderating the program. Jack wrote the book – “Edwin Cole Bearss: History’s Pied Piper” – a biography of Ed. He knows Ed as well as anyone. And Jack is a former reporter with an eye for a good angle and a good question.
Most of us first “met” Ed when we watched the Ken Burns series on the Civil War. Who couldn’t like this engaging, knowledgeable, and entertaining historian? Jack has promised me that one of the questions he will ask Ed will be about the making of this Civil War series. I have heard the story and it alone is worth the price of admission.
3RD WEDNESDAY OF MARCH