Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 8 August

The August meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society will be Saturday, 8 August, starting at 11:30 a.m. (note the earlier time!) at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 8350 ake Murray Blvd (at Jackson Drive).

The program will be "The Civil War: Reliving The Past" and an Ice Cream Social

Relive history with Civil War reenactors! Our presenters, in uniform, will relate a brief history of the impact of the Civil War, show some period weapons and discuss their uniforms. They will also relate an ancestor’s Civil War experience in the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry for which he was awarded a medal. This will truly make history come alive! Even if you don’t have a Civil War ancestor, this will be a most unique and memorable experience.

Tom Helmantoler serves as the commander of Sgt. William Pittenger Camp No. 21 and is a Corporal in Company G, 5th California Infantry. He is also active in Sons of Veterans Reserve and the San Diego Civil War Roundtable as well as Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and is a Sergeant in the California State Military. Tom will be assisted by fellow reenactor, Deane Poole.

A retired Julian High School history, government and economics teacher, Tom graduated from San Dieguito High School and has a BA in History from San Diego State College and a master’s in Education from Pepperdine University.

This will also be our ever-popular ‘Ice Cream Social’ meeting where you can order up your own ice cream sundae with all the fixins. We will serve up different flavored ice cream for $1 a scoop and 25¢ for each topping. The big decision will be whether to have 1, 2 (or is that 3?) scoops -- and is that with sprinkles, fudge or caramel? A great way to cool down and kick off the summer.

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