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The Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table
Conducted by Matthew Strobel, Ohio Civil War 150 AmeriCorps Member for North Central Ohio
For over twenty-five years Gary and Jan Dundore have been historical re-enactors, mainly concentrating on the Civil War period. They are currently co-presidents of the Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table and members of the Seneca County Historical Alliance. I spoke with the Dundores’ to gain a better understanding of their organization and how it works.
Gary and Jan Dunore: We hope to continue to educate the Seneca County community about Johnson’s Island and the area’s Civil War history. We also hope to gain new members for the Round Table and create a lasting impact for Ohio history.
MS: What programs or events do you host?
GD: The Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table (JICWRT) host a variety of events. From guest speakers or field trips to Johnson’s Island, the JICWRT has something for everyone. We also host question and answer sessions with speakers and have interactive discussions where attendees can look at actual Civil War artifacts. Vice President Rex Felton puts all of the speaker activities together for the JICWRT.
MS: How can people get involved with the Johnson’s Civil War Round Table?
GD: Speaking either with one of us, or Rex Felton, founder of the JICWRT and current Vice-President is a great way to start.
JD: Meetings and field trips are open to the public and anyone with an interest in Civil War or Johnson’s Island history are welcome to come. We are always looking for people who are interested in becoming a member of the JICWRT or to help out with advertising.
MS: How is the JICWRT getting involved in Ohio’s Civil War 150 commemoration?
GD: With the main drive of the Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table being Civil War education and understanding, the organization is always working on the commemoration. Recently, the Roundtable became a part of the Seneca County Historical Alliance. This committee strives to work on the Civil War 150 commemoration and Seneca County history. Through speaker events, road trips and Civil War related projects, the Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table will always be working on commemorating the Civil War well after the commemoration is over.
JD: I want to stress that point, that individuals can learn more about the Civil War and then make a significant impact their community. The best example is the Tiffin Community and all the hard work they put into the American Civil War Museum. Its continued success shows that if the desire and work ethic is there, then Ohio history will continue to be a positive force in our state.
MS: What upcoming events or programs does the JICWRT have?
GD: On August 21st there will be a historical marker presentation at Statler Park for the 49th OVI, who fought during the war. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. Also the Round Table will be having speakers in the coming months.
JD: Another project the Round Table is working on is a commemoration for author Richard F. Mann, who wrote the novel on the 49th OVI. Any proceeds from sales of the novel, The Buckeye Vanguard–The Forty-ninth Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865.will go to the commemoration.