April 27, 2016 Meeting

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April 27, 2016 Meeting  

Timothy Good,

"The Lincoln-Douglas Debates"

Tim is the superintendent of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.

The Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debates of 1858 marked a significant crossroads in the political career of Abraham Lincoln. Though he lost the United States senate seat for Illinois to Stephen A. Douglas, the debates launched Lincoln into political prominence and eventually contributed to his successful run for the presidency. This program will focus on Lincoln's political evolution during the debates through a narrative approach, evaluating his debate strategy and seemingly inconsistent views on slavery and racial inequality.


Timothy S. Good, a twenty-five year National Park Service veteran, is currently the superintendent at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, a place which commemorates the life, military career, and presidency of our 18th President. Good began his career in Washington, D.C. serving at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site. He then served a 14-month detail for the NPS Washington Office Information and Telecommunications Division, duty stationed at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., where he helped develop the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, a computerized database of 6.3 million soldier records and several thousand unit histories.  Good then served on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill., Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Brecksville, Ohio, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, and the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, Nebraska before beginning his current assignment in 2009.

Good graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., with a Bachelor of Arts in American History, attained his Master of Arts in History through the University of Durham, England, and earned a diploma from the United States Naval War College.

He has authored four published books, American Privateers in the War of 1812:
The Vessels and Their Prizes as Recorded in Niles’ Weekly Register (2012), Lincoln for President: An Underdog’s Path to the 1860 Republican Nomination (2009), The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Making of a President (2007) and We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts  (1996). 

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May 25, 2016 Meeting

Will Hutchison,

"The Marines at Harper's Ferry"

Will Hutchison, U.S. Marines and Army retired, provided leadership for a preeminent Civil War living history unit at Harper's Ferry National Historic Park.

In October 2009, at Harpers Ferry, Will portrayed a Marine officer leading the U.S. Marines who assaulted the Armory Engine House and captured the Abolitionist John Brown. Will also provided research, recruitment, authentic weapons, uniforms and training for the company.

For many years, Will has been instrumental in developing

the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company. A company of

active and retired marines, equipped, accoutered and armed with appropriate uniforms, they portray marines of the past to educate the public about the role of the Marine Corps in American History.

Will Hutchison is the award-winning author of the fictional Ian Carlyle series. He is considered a military history authority, and has collaborated on historical films and major historical events. Will is a sought-after international lecturer on the American Civil War and the Crimean War and an exhibitor of his own fine art photography. Outside his professional and writing interests, he is actively involved with the United States Marine Corps Historical Company, many American Civil War historical organizations, and the Crimean War Research Society.

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