Our Mission

Fort Fisher Visitors Center / Photo courtesy of Chuck Lee

The Blue and Gray Education Society is dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of the American Civil War by the study and understanding of its battlefields and other historic sites through the conduct of field study tours and seminars, open discussion of issues relating to the case for preserving sites and artifacts, interpretative projects, and collaborative evaluation and publication of scholarly research and writings.

Member’s Newsletter

In Camp Along The Monocacy edited by Gloria Swift is published every several months and distributed to all members. It contains detailed stories and information. Download prior issues, in PDF format here.
Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2017
Volume 1, Issue 3, October 2017
Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2018
Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2018
Volume 2, Issue 3, July 2018
Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2019
Volume 3, Issue 2, May/June 2019
Volume 3, Issue 3, July/August 2019
Volume 3, Issue 4, September/October 2019
Volume 3, Issue 5, November/December 2019

The following documents are available as pdf downloads: BGES BylawsMost recent Form 990IRS Determination letter.

Investors Reports

Our yearly reports prepared for the donors of the Blue and Gray Education Society are available for download here.

BGES Investor’s Report, 2014
BGES Investor’s Report, 2015
BGES Investor’s Report, 2016
BGES Investor’s Report, 2017
BGES Investor’s Report, 2019

The Staff

Len Riedel, Executive Director, Blue and Gray Educational Society
Gloria Swift, Historian (“In Camp Along the Monocacy”, BGES Facebook posts and “Blue and Gray Dispatch”)
Pam Riedel, Membership Coordinator
Barbara Noe Kennedy, Communications Coordinator (Monthly newsletter: “Holding the Line”)
Jane Martin, Website Photo Editor
Burford Smith, Tour Manager
Al Stevens, Technical Support Coordinator

Board of Directors

Jo Roberts, President, Term Expires August 2020
Bill McKinnon, Vice President, Term Expires 2020
Mary Adams, Secretary, Term Expires 2022
Laurence Schiller, Treasurer, Term Expires 2020
Norman Dasinger, Term Expires 2022
Fowler West, Term Expires 2020
Bill Terpeluk, Term Expires 2023
Joe Trahan, Term Expires 2023