Brenda McKean will be the Speaker for the August Meeting

The August Camp Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 26th at the Stedman Community Building.  Brenda McKean will be the guest speaker.  The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with the meal.

Brenda McKean is a retired nurse anesthetist graduating from Duke University. Her education is mainly in medicine, but for the last thirty plus years she has been a devoted student and researcher of the War Between the States, giving lectures to various groups and school children.

She was a recipient of the “Bonnie Blue Award,” given by District #1297 SCV Camp to outstanding persons in the field of Confederate history. In 2005 she received the “Annie Devereux Award” for exemplary service to the Soldiers’ Benevolent Society, a division of the 26th N.C.T., reflecting the honorable dedication of our forefathers. She has attended all of the annual conferences of the “Society of Women and the Civil War” since 1997, and is currently a Regent for North Carolina. Ms. McKean has presented papers twice at this conference.

Currently Brenda is a board member for “Friends of the Bennett Place State
Historic Site.” She has been a re-enactor/living historian for over twenty-five years. She was the Civilian Co-ordinator for the 125th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville. Ms. McKean is a member of the 26th NCT and Board member of the
Tar Heel Civilians which she co-founded. She is a member of several historical organizations.

Her non-fiction book “Blood and War at my Doorstep: North Carolina Civilians in the War Between the States” is published in two volumes. In 2013 Volume I of this set won an award from the N.C. Society of Historians. In July 2014 she won the “Jefferson Davis Heritage Medal” from the UDC.