In 1991, closely following the presentation of the Ken Burns' program series "The Civil War", a group of friends in Hershey started meeting at noon in the old Hershey Library. Someone would read a book, make a report and the remaining part of the hour was spent on discussion. This soon enlarged into an evening as well, still held in the Hershey Room of the library. With the building of the new Hershey Library, our meeting moved there. With more formalization, the now Hershey Civil War Roundtable began having guest speakers, authors, historians, Gettysburg Battlefield Guides, etc. The Hershey Civil War Roundtable now meets at the Country Meadows Retirement Community every third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. We continue to be one of the most active Civil War Roundtables in central Pennsylvania scheduling top authors, historians, and re-enactors.
With the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, interest in the conflict has grown and the Hershey Roundtable is now welcoming a new generation interested in the learning more about one of the greatest happenings in our nation's history.