Pickerington Times-Sun

Civil War historian to speak at Founders' Day banquet


Nationally-renowned Civil War historian and author Eric Wittenberg will be the featured speaker at Pickerington's Founders' Day Banquet, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.

The event, sponsored by the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, will showcase Wittenberg's expertise and insights specifically with respect to the Civil War calvary.

"We're really excited about having Eric Wittenberg here," said Peggy Portier of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society.

"He really is an expert on this subject," Portier said.

"If you're in the Civil War community, you know his name."

A prolific history writer, Wittenberg has penned 17 published books and a dozen national magazine articles about the Civil War.

His fascination with the Civil War began when he made his first visit to Gettysburg National Military Park as a third-grader.

His interest was nurtured during his college years at Dickinson College, located within close proximity to Gettysburg.

Wittenberg currently lives in Westerville and is an attorney in private practice.

Portier said the timing of Wittenberg's presentation is ideal because the historical society is in the midst of a four-year long Civil War commemoration.

"That's one reason why we're so glad (Wittenberg) was able to come," Portier said.

"Our historical society is part of the Fairfield County Museum Alliance.

"All the members are still doing events to commemorate the Civil War," she said.

Portier said the Founders' Day Banquet also serves as the annual celebration of the founding of Jacksonville by Abraham Pickering in September 1815.

The town's name was later changed to Pickerington in 1827.

"This is the 27th year we've had a banquet," Portier said.

"It's a time to get together, socialize and celebrate the founding of Pickerington."

The cost to attend the Founders' Day Banquet is $16 per person and includes a full-course pork loin dinner, prepared by volunteers from the Pickerington Senior Center.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 5.

Checks should be made payable to the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society and mailed to P.O. Box 732, Pickerington, Ohio 43147.

Reservations and/or questions regarding the banquet can be directed by e-mail to pickhistsociety@hotmail.com; or by phone to Joan Heft at (614) 837-5132.

"It is open to the public," Portier said.