Update on virtual Civil War Round Table

A little over a year ago, I posted about the idea of creating a virtual Civil War Round Table. My friend and fellow writer Stuart Lawrence is a member of a CWRT and is looking to start one here in North Dakota. I will help him with it, but still think a virtual one has plenty of merits. I recently discovered Google Wave, but that is still in development and once it comes out of development, I will attempt to use it for a virtual round table. I am looking around for appropriate venues to set up a virtual round table, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.


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  1. Pardon the double posting — I meant to attach this to your current message, but accidentally attached it to the year-old posting instead. . .

    We consider The Civil War Forum an online Civil War Round Table — this group has been around for about 18 years, initially as one of CompuServe’s forums, but now hosted by Netscape (after AOL bought CompuServe). You have to sign up for a screen name and password, but it’s free, and does not require any confidential information. Because we’ve been around so long, the “culture” in our online CWRT has everyone using their real names, though that’s not required (it was long ago established that communities of people who don’t hide behind anonymous handles are more inclined to be civil, but the forum is moderated in any case by volunteers).

    We have ongoing discussions in the message boards, and two chat rooms for live events. Thus far, we’ve held over 30 author / historian Q&As in the chat room, and people log in from all over the country (including some members in Canada and the UK) to pose questions to our guest. We post transcripts of these sessions, along with photos, reviews, and other documents, in our forum library.

    We also have an annual “reunion” — our Battlefield Conference — in which about 30-50 of us gather from all over the nation for 3 days of tours and talks.

    Drop by for a visit sometime: http://community.netscape.com/civilwar

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