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Civil War Educational Forum

The schedule of educational programs at the 75th Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society is highlighted by a nine session Civil War Educational Forum, with five sessions on Friday, April 25 and four sessions on Saturday, April 26. Presenting an overview of numismatic topics related to the Civil War, as well as programs dealing with selected aspects of the medical, political, military and social history of the Civil War era, this aspect of the convention brings a distinguished roster of Civil War interpreters and educators to Schaumburg to share their research and knowledge with our members and guests.

Over two days, eight speakers will discuss Civil War numismatics, as well as present programs dealing with the political, military and social history of the era. The forum brings a distinguished roster of Civil War interpreters and educators to Schaumburg to share their research and knowledge.

The Central States 75th Anniversary Convention will be held at the:

Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, Illinois

For more information on the convention and scheduling visit the Convention Page and the Schedule Page.

The President, Board of Governors and convention staff extend our thanks for their contributions to this event and trust that it will enhance our attendees' understanding of this singular event in our history, as well as its continuing impact and influence on our present.

About Our Presenters

Dennis Boggs:

Dennis Boggs has portrayed President Abraham Lincoln for the past decade, appearing in 29 states at Civil War reenactments and educational conferences, as well as in the History Channel presentations Being Lincoln and Looking for Lincoln. Additional credits include programs presented at the 140th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Franklin, the 145th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Chickamauga, as well as presentations for the Andersonville National Historic Site, the Civil War Naval Museum and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Pierre Fricke:

A professional numismatist specializing in Confederate and Southern States currency, he is the author of Collecting Confederate Paper Money - Comprehensive Edition, which received the Society of Paper Money Collectors Wismer Award in 2006, as well as recognition by the Numismatic Literary Guild in 2005 as the best U.S. paper money book of the year. He is also the co-author with George Tremmel and Marty Davis of Confederate Treasury Certificates and with Fred Reed, History of Collecting Confederate States of America Paper Money: 1865-1945.

Thomas (Tom) Campbell:

An attorney Of Counsel with the Chicago firm of Baker & McKenzie, he is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his J.D. degree at Cornell University. His legal practice focuses on the trial of anti-trust actions and business disputes and he regularly argues appeals from trial court judgments. He is the author of Fighting Slavery in Chicago: Abolitionists, the Law of Slavery and Lincoln. His presentation will focus on that general theme, with a special emphasis on the activities of abolitionist Dr. Charles Volney Dyer, a central figure in the Chicago branch of the Underground Railroad and the Anti-Slavery Society. In February of 2009 he chaired a symposium sponsored by the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Abraham Lincoln - His Legal Career and his Vision for America and serves as Treasurer and Trustee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

Bill Grimmette:

A portrayer of Frederick Douglass since 1994, when he was asked by the Metropolitan AME Church of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the centennial of Douglass' last speech to the congregation in 1894, he has appeared as Frederick Douglass for the Smithsonian Institution at various venues, for the Chautauqua Movement and in theatrical settings, including the Kennedy Center. He is a Past President of the National Association of Black Storytellers and also portrays W.E.B. DuBois, Benjamin Banneker and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Harry Hutchins, Jr.:

An avid history buff since high school and a practicing pediatric dentist for 42 years, he is co-author of Slave Badges and the Slave Hire System in Charleston, South Carolina, 1783-1865. His presentation will cover the history of the slave hire system in Charleston from its inception to its end and will include images of slave badges as well as related information from contemporary Charleston newspapers.

Peter Huntoon:

A widely recognized researcher of rare currency, his articles appear regularly in Bank Note Reporter and Paper Money magazine, the journal of the Society of Paper Money Collectors. He is the author of a number of books in his field of specialization, including The National Bank Note Issues of 1929-1935 and United States Large Size National Bank Notes.

Robert E. May, Ph. D.

Professor of History at Purdue University, he has authored, co-authored and edited five books, Including Manifest Destiny's Underworld: The Southern Dream of a Caribbean Empire, 1854-1861; The Union, the Confederacy and the Atlantic Rim and John A. Quitman: Old South Crusader.

Wendell Wolka:

Wendell Wolka is the author of A History of 19th Century Ohio Obsolete Bank Notes and Scrip as well as Indiana Obsolete Notes and Scrip. He writes a weekly Coin World column, Collecting Paper. He is a Past President of the Society of Paper Money Collectors, as well as of the Ohio Numismatic Association and a Past Governor of CSNS.