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Pamplin Historical Park / Photo courtesy of Kay Hankins


The BGES at 25
(Pamplin Historical Park, Bermuda Hundred Campaign, North Anna, and Pelham’s Corner)

April 6-8, 2018

A BGES Weekend Warrior Program

BGES was incorporated in April 1994. Join us as we celebrate the start of our 25th year of operations in Chester, Virginia. Centrally located in the middle of some of BGES’ most important completed projects, this fast-paced program celebrates that work, and it reviews the past, current, and future of the organization. Participants will visit Pamplin Historical Park for a three-lecture symposium and a tribute to the 25 years of educational support BGES has provided. We will then spend a day touring the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, where BGES provided 43 interpretative signs to tell that story. The day will finish with a dinner and talk from Lisa Thomas, Publisher and Editorial Director for National Geographic Books, about the joint BGES and National Geographic publications. Our final day visits North Anna, where BGES supported the park expansion and installed approximately 23 interpretative signs. The day will finish at Fredericksburg, where a BGES/Central Virginia Battlefields Trust partnership produced a cannon for the site of the Gallant Pelham’s day of fame.


Len Riedel is the Executive Director of the Blue and Gray Education Society. He holds a Master of Arts degree in history with an emphasis in Policy and Strategy. He was a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies based in London, England, and was mentored by former Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger. Riedel was the Chief of Air Traffic Control operations at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, in 1980-1981. He has previously conducted tours of Nimitz’s Central Pacific Campaign of 1944.