The Springfield Civil War Round Table, consisting of 11 men, first met at the home of Oliver J. Keller Jr. in June 1956. According to SCWRT member George L. Cashman in 1960 article, the SCWRT was made up of “a groups of men brought into a congenial association, and having an active interest in the Civil War.” The Springfield Civil War Round Table was modeled after the Chicago Civil War Round Table. It began as a strictly male organization and allowed women to join in 1969. The SCWRT met monthly with one of its own members giving a presentation on a civil war topic and occasionally having a guest speaker from outside of the group. In the 1970s SCWRT past president Edward G. Pree established a American History essay contest.
The Springfield Civil War Round Table (SCWRT) Collection includes materials from 1960-1979.The collection contains materials related to SCWRT activities including a constitution, membership, newspaper clippings, newsletters, agendas, photos, events, essays, correspondence to, from, and not involving HW Price, and materials related to other groups.