News - updated 3/29/17

We encourage our members who may have a particular passion within the Civil War to present a topic to the group. 

Please join us for the our next meeting on April 12, 2017 at 7:30pm as we welcome Ellen Alden. She's written a book on her ancestor: Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke: An Irish Immigrant Story.

Ellen's bio & book:
I’m a first time author with a story to share. I discovered an antique leather box in my attic which contained Civil War letters written by my great, great grandfather. He was writing to his wife and three children at home in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Ever since that day I have worked tirelessly to learn their story and bring it to life through this novel.

I am a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, I earned my teaching degree from Pepperdine University in California and I attended Merrimack College Graduate School of Education. I have worked as an elementary school teacher and I have also dabbled in the wine business. I earned Wine certificates at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center and worked at Andover Liquors, The Vineyard and the Red Oak Winery.

After living in Los Angeles, London and Boston, I call Andover, Massachusetts my home. I live here with my husband Michael, my three children Nathan, Liam and Jillian, and my two dogs Moxie and Jack Frost.


Feel free to look over our schedule as we have confirmed some dates and some others will be confirmed soon! We have the return of Chuck Veit, and not posted but coming will be Professor Michael Pierson. This September, Amesbury native and Gettysburg Park Ranger Chris Gwinn will visit.