Programs & Events


The First Defenders meet at 6:30 PM on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Meetings include dinner and a speaker who may be a guest or a member. Meetings are currently held at The Inn at Reading. A book raffle is held each month with all proceeds donated to battlefield preservation, and we visit many historical sites on our bi-annual field trips. Guests and new members are welcome. Space is limited in the restaurant, so please contact a board member or the First Defenders by email (see the CONTACTS page).

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** REMEMBER, these events are for members and their guests only. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Dave Sweigert, the Membership Officer, on the Contact page.

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  • September
    2015
  • October
    2015
  • November
    2015
  • December
    2015
  • January
    2016
  • February
    2016
  • March
    2016
  • April
    2016
  • May
    2016
  • TRIPS Philadelphia Summary
     
  • OCTOBER TRIP
    GETTYSBURG’S LOST AVENUE & MORE
    First Defenders Bus Trip
    October 24, 2015
    Gettysburg’s Lost Avenue is one of the least visited sites at GNMP. Dean Shultz is probably the leading authority on this site which is practically in Dean’s backyard. Dean will be our guide for this portion of our October trip.
    Our trip will begin as we depart from the Heartland Settlement parking lot, 55 Commerce Drive, Wyomissing at 7:30 AM. We’ll make a stop at the GNMP Visitor’s Center for a rest room break before heading to Dean’s place on Baltimore Pike. We’ll debus and Dean will lead us on the tour. According to Dean this will be a ½ mile uphill hike (w/ a ½ mile hike downhill to the bus). This tour will be about 2 ½ hours so the walking pace will not be rapid as Dean stops to talk at several places. The terrain can be uneven and rocky in some places so appropriate footwear that provides ankle support is a must.
    After leaving Dean’s and the Lost Avenue we will head to General Pickett’s Buffet for lunch. The trip will continue w/ a visit to The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum housed in Smucker’s Hall on the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary campus. This is the famous cupola building of lore. The Museum occupies 4 floors and also has a 1 mile long hiking trail. Please note that this tour will not include a visit to the cupola which is a separate price. We will depart from the Museum and head back to Wyomissing arriving there about 5:30 PM.
    The price for this trip is $79/person and includes Dean’s services at the Avenue, the buffet lunch, the admission fee to the Museum, and the deluxe bus from our friends at Elite Coach. Any questions – contact Ron Emge (304.579.4888) or Don Stripling (610.750.3998). Please use the attached registration form to sign up for this fall trip.

    Click here to download the 2015 Fall Trip to Gettysburg
  • 2015
Join us for our monthly meeting!
 

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Author & Historian: Dr. Craig L.Symonds 

Topic: "Lincoln & His Admirals"


Mr. Symonds will have a few books on sale:
 Lincoln and His Admirals  paperback $15
 The Battle of Midway 
paperback $15   
 NEPTUNE  hardback for $25 WWII

                                                                                                                                                                   
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Join us for our monthly meeting!

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610


Historian & Author: Richard Hershberger

Topic: :  "The State of Baseball during the Civil War"

Richard Hershberger is a paralegal in Maryland.  He channels his frustrated academic tendencies into researching and writing about early baseball, and has published in Base Ball:  A Journal of the Early Game and in the SABR publications National Pastime and Baseball Research Journal.  He has also contributed to various specialty SABR publications bearing on 19th century baseball, and can be found blogging at http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/, sometimes on early baseball.


 

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Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Historian & Author: John Schildt:

Topic: 4 Days in October:

 

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Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Historian: Jason Wilson:

Topic: PA Civil War Flags:


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Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Member: Gary Hertzog:

Topic: Farnsworth Cavalry at Gettysburg:





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Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Member: Sherri Stull

Topic: Women Soldiers





 

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Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Author & Historian: Chris Mackowski - Second Presentation

Topic: Grant's Last Battle

    
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Join us for our monthly meeting!

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610


Historian Emeritus: The One and Only: Edwin C. Bearss -This will be Ed's 7th Program.

Topic; Vicksburg


 
 
 
Ed Bearss 8 April 2014 talking about Cold Harbor. Ed was in rare form as usual, he was great.


 


 
Edwin C. Bearss: A FRIEND TO THE 1st DEFENDERS

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Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 6:30PM
Location: The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Historian: Don Scott

Topic: Camp William Penn

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