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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

Fall 2023 Campaign

September 6 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Learning the Art of Joint Operations: Ulysses S. Grant and the U.S. Navy" -- Dr. Harry Laver, Fort Leavenworth, KS
In-Person Meeting

October 4 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas: What Really Happened" -- Chris Edwards, Kansas City Civil War Roundtable
In-Person Meeting

November 1 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Wilder's Brigade of Mounted Infantry at Chickamauga" -- Dr. Lee Wymore, Ames, Iowa
In-Person Meeting

December -- No Meeting

Spring 2024 Campaign

January 17 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Life and Death at Rock Island's Prison Barracks" -- Kevin Braafladt, Command Historian, Rock Island, Illinois
In-Person Meeting

February 21 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Food, Power, and Victory in the Civil War" -- Professor Lawrence McDonnell, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
In-Person Meeting

March 20 -- 7:00 p.m.
"The Story of a Cavalryman: Edward F. Winslow, 4th Iowa Cavalry" -- Dick Titterington, Kansas City Civil War Roundtable
In-Person Meeting

April 17 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Unity Beyond Uniform: Civil War Veterans in the Agrarian Revolt" -- Andrew Versani, Ph.D. student, University of Nebraska
In-Person Meeting

May 15 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Lincoln's New Birth of Freedom and the Reconstruction Amendments" -- Ranney Ramsey, Des Moines Civil War Roundtable
In-Person Meeting

June 19 -- 7:00 p.m.
"Spectacle of Grief: The Politics of Mourning and the Civil War" -- Professor Sarah Purcell, Grinnell College, Grinnel, Iowa
In-Person Meeting

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