"Houses of the Holy" Book Release Party
10/3/2008: Civil War Life Soldier's Museum, Spotsylvania, Virginia

The book release party for "Historic Churches of Fredericksburg" was a total success. Approx. 70 people turned out for an evening of food, fellowship, and fun. I would like to thank Terry and Jane Thomann for hosting us, Peter Burke for playing some great music, my fellow members of the NCWL Foundation for speaking, my mother and father for all of their help setting up, my wife Tracy for putting the entire theme/menu together, and everyone else who came out and supported my book and our charitable causes.

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We sold all but a handful of books, raised money for the National Civil War Life Foundation,
and introduced members of the community to our museum fund raising projects.

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The raffle basket was a big hit and 100% of the proceeds went to the foundation. It is a very moving moment when you see how much money was raised.

A kiosk cycled 70+ photos from the book. People enjoyed the ‘Did You Know?’ board too,
which presented some little-known stories in relationship to Fredericksburg’s churches.

This was only half the buffet! There was another entire table of platters and beverages.
Unfortunately I was too busy to eat and only had a few crumbs after everyone had left.

Homemade cake, brownies and cookies negated the nutritional veggies and fruits.

We had very few leftovers. (Bummer…)

Peter Burke played classic rock all night to the delight of the crowd.
People enjoyed the café set-up and playing music trivia games.
He donated 100% of his fee and proceeds to Bethany Christian Services

I was blessed to have several prominent historians from our area in the audience including
Al and Jane Conner, D.P. Newton and John Cummings. I was honored by their presence.

Col. Horace McCaskill (USA Ret.), Chair of the National Civil War Life Foundation,
joined me in a short presentation on the vision and mission to build a new
museum in Spotsylvania dedicated to the "shared experience" of everyone.

They set me up to sign books in the Civil War Photography section of their exhibit hall.
I had a lot of great conversations and made some new friends.

The biggest surprise of the night was when my best friend, Mike Rogers (from my hometown)
drove 5 ½ hours just to see me. This guy and I have known each other since we were 15. We
hadn’t seen each other in at least 8 years and this event definitely rekindled our friendship.

NCWL Foundation Director Terry Thomann introduced our ‘buy a brick’ fundraising program.

Folks enjoyed free access to the museum's exhibit hall and period photo gallery.




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