Second Saturday Lecture Series

 Most programs are held in the Meeting Hall at the Historical Society Museum, and begin at 10:30. If any program is at a different location or time that will be noted under the title of the program. Attending any of these presentations is free and open to the public.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Second Saturday Lectures will be held virtually starting in May.  Some speakers may present to an audience.  Please see specific


December 12- Ron Kirkwood, “Women to the Rescue at the George Spangler Farm XI Corps Hospital – Battle of Gettysburg”

The United States government wasn’t prepared for the human carnage when two giant armies left behind 20,000 wounded and dying Union and Confederate soldiers after the Battle of Gettysburg. As a result, men were dying because of a lack of medical care, food and other essential supplies. And then civilians stepped in, especially women. Learn how women volunteered and played a critical role in saving the day and lives at one farm with the PowerPoint presentation “Women to the Rescue at the George Spangler Farm XI Corps Hospital – Battle of Gettysburg” by author Ron Kirkwood.

Ron Kirkwood is the author of “Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg,” which was published by Savas Beatie in hardcover in June 2019 and went into its second printing in October 2019.

Kirkwood is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA TODAY, the Baltimore Sun, the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the York (PA) Daily Record. He edited national magazines for USA TODAY Sports and was National Football League editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He won numerous state, regional and national writing and editing awards during his career and managed the copy desk in Harrisburg when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Kirkwood is a Michigan native and graduate of Central Michigan University, where he has returned as guest speaker to journalism classes as part of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals series.

This presentation will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live.  If you’d like to register for the Zoom webinar click HERE.


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  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
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