Calendar of Events

All events take place at the Fort Taber Military Museum unless otherwise noted.


November 15, 2016, 7pm

Megan Kate Nelson

Megan Kate Nelson and her book Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

Megan returns to the New Bedford Civil War Round Table speaker platform. She is a writer, historian, and cultural critic. She earned her BA in History and Literature from Harvard University. And she received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and has taught at Texas Tech University, California State University at Fullerton, Harvard University, and Brown University. Based in Lincoln, Massachusetts, she writes for the New York Times “Disunion” blog, JSTOR Daily, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Civil War Times.

She is the author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (University of Georgia Press 2012) and Trembling Earth: A cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (University of Georgia Press 2005). She also maintains the blog Historista. Her third book is Path of the Dead Man: How the West was Won—and Lost—during the American Civil War.

Her presentation November 15 will again feature the Civil War in the Southwest.

December 13, 2016, 6pm

Annual Holiday Dinner

30 Brock Ave. New Bedford, MA, 02744 508-993-9922


This will be a fun, social holiday event. Guests are welcome.

Make your reservation today! Download the reservation form here.


February 23, 2016, 7pm

Mark Mello | Devil’s Den, Gettysburg - The Second Day

March 22, 2016, 7pm

James Conroy

April 26, 2016, 7pm

John Rodrique

May 24, 2016, 7pm

John Foskett

June 28, 2016, 6pm

Annual Picnic and Annual Business Meeting

July/August 2016

Summer Vacation

September 27, 2016, 7pm

Matthew Cost | author of the recently published historical novel, Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard

October 25, 2016, 7pm

James B. Conroy | Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime is James Conroy’s newest book. It will be released Oct 15.

James B. Conroy and his book Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime

“This book is devoted to capturing the look, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865. James Conroy brings to life the people who knew it, from the servants to cabinet secretaries. We see the constant stream of visitors, from the ordinary citizens to visiting dignitaries and diplomats. James Conroy enables the reader to see the how the Lincolns lived and how the administration conducted day-to-day business during the four of the most tumultuous years in American history. Relying on fresh research and a character-driven narrative and drawing on untapped primary resources, he takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour that provides new insight into how Lincoln lived, led the government, conducted war, and ultimately, unified the country to build a better government of, by, and for the people.”
~from the review on the Amazon website.

“ … James B. Conroy has brought Lincoln’s White House to life, letting readers step through the gates, past the guards, and into the presence of the Great Emancipator. Sit in Lincoln’s office and observe a cabinet meeting, or watch the president and first lady shake hands with guests at a reception. Eavesdrop on conversations with office seekers, or enjoy a serenade. By recreating moments—great and small—of joy, grief, exhaustion, commotion, and solitude, Lincoln’s White House gives us a new appreciation for the burdens of Lincoln and his family.”
~Jonathan W. White, author of Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War.