- Fall 2014 WCGS Annual Meeting, Fort Wayne, Indiana- The WCGS membership will meet in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on Saturday, Sept 6, 2014 at the Allen County Public Library. The meeting will start around 9:00 a.m. and last approximately two hours. A detailed agenda will be published, as we get closer to the meeting. ALL WCGS members are encouraged to attend. If you need help with your family tree, this is a good time to join us. Several of us plan to arrive a few days early for research. We would love to have you join us. Be it your Chamberlain or an allied line, ACPL is a treasure house of reference materials. After Labor Day weekend, the library hours are: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the weekend we will have time to socialize and renew acquaintances. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. The address is 1020 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802? (ph: (260) 420-1100). When you make a reservation (http://www3.hilton.com) be sure to mention the WCGS for a room rate of ~$109.00 per night.
2013 Membership Meetings
- WCGS Annual Meeting, August 9-11, 2013
- We met at the Captain Daniel Stone Inn, Brunswick, Maine. This year’s meeting was earlier than usual to coincide with “Chamberlain Days” because Brunswick is the hometown of Maj. Gen’l Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. "Chamberlain Days" featured a keynote by Civil War historian Scott Nelson, musical performances, a Civil War encampment by re-enactors, special museum tours, auction of Chamberlain art and paraphernalia, and much more. It was hosted by the Pejepscot Historical Society (www.pejepscothistorical.org). This group shot was taken Thursday evening after we dined at the "Dolphin Marina", Harpswell, Maine.
- Spring Executive Board Meeting-
- Our meeting was held in Gettysburg, PA the weekend of April 9-11. We stayed at the Days INN, on York Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA. The hotel is located about three miles from the heart of Gettysburg. Patrick Fairbairn a living historian spoke Saturday at our Gettysburg event. His talk dealt with the role played by William Lloyd Garrison in the abolition of slavery in the United States. Friday; dinner [supper] was at La Bella restaurant. Sat. Meeting, in the morning at the Days Inn; dinner was at the Appalachion Brewing Company. Special thanks go out to all who traveled to the meeting. (Updtd-4/9/2013)
- WCGS General Membership & Executive Board Meetings-
- We recently met in Hampton, VA the weekend of 21-23 September 2012. The meeting and lunch were at the former Hotel Chamberlin, a historic landmark co-located at Fort Monroe. This is where Jefferson Davis was imprisoned following the Civil War. Mr. John V. Quarstein, an expert in colonial Virginia history was our guest speaker. He is an award winning historian, preservationist, and author. Following the meeting we visited the Casemate Museum on Fort Monroe. You can read all about the meeting in the minutes found in the Fall 2012 issue of the Chamberlain Key. The result of the election for the years 2013 and 2014 is that each incumbent office holder who ran was re-elected.(Updtd- 10/8/12)
rear L-R: Ted Chamberlain, Jim Sugg, Don Chamberlin)
Spring Executive Board Meeting- - Our meeting was held in Gettysburg, PA the weekend of May 11-13. We stayed at the Hampton Inn, 1280 York Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA, 17325 The hotel is located about three miles from the heart of Gettysburg. Patrick Schroeder, historian at Appomattox Court House National Park spoke Friday evening at our Gettysburg event. His talk dealt with the role played by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in Lee's surrender at Appomattox in the waning days of the Civil War. Friday; dinner [supper] was at Farnsworth House. Sat. Meeting, in the morning at the Hampton Inn; lunch at the Dobbins House at 1:15 p.m. Special thanks go out to Neil and Jeannie Chamberlain for all their effort in making the arrangements. (Updtd- 5/13/12)
Spring Executive Board Meeting was held in Salisbury, Maryland May 13-14, 2011. The minutes of that meeting can be found in the Spring 2011 edition of the Chamberlain Key. The meeting had been previously scheduled for Berrien County, Michigan. This change of venue came about when the WCGS recently gained the materials collected by the late Chamberlain researcher Mrs. Alison Ogilvie Ainsworth. (Mrs. Ainsworth died in Salisbury on January 29, 2011.) For 20 plus years Mrs. Ainsworth had headed what we have been calling the CAA(2). Thanks to the cooperation of her husband and son, the complete files and research materials, were entrusted to the WCGS for final delivery to the New England Genealogical and Biographical Society (NEHGS) in Boston. Within this material are portions of the original CAA Chamberlain Collection gathered between 1897 and 1941. We accomplished quite a bit, but much scanning remains to be done.Contact George Richard if you wish to help.
The annual meeting of the WCGS was held in the Spring Hill Suites Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina on September 17, 2011. The meeting convened at 9:25 a.m., Vice-President, Bill Mennel presiding and Executive Secretary, Pat Sugg recording the minutes. The minutes of this meeting will be published in the Fall 2011 edition of the Chamberlain Key newsletter. Executive board and assorted committee reports, Old, and New Business items were discussed. The members present chose to conduct future WCGS meetings in the following locales. 2012 Spring Executive Board, - Gettysburg, PA, Annual 2012- Hampton/Williamsburg, VA, and Annual 2013- San Antonio, TX. Besides conducting the business of the society, we did visit historic Charleston sites. Special thanks are extended to Loren and Marian Chamberlain for their efforts to suggest places to dine and things to see in Charleston. Friday night we gathered for dinner at an Irish Pub and Restaurant for a “get reacquainted” dinner. On Saturday a group lunch followed by a Charleston harbor cruise was the order of the day. Later, wine and cheese offerings were hosted by Loren and Marian before our group dined at a local Italian Restaurant.