13th Annual Sarasota World War II Conference

  • Activity Level: Easy

Once again, in late January, we will land on the warm white sands of Lido Beach with a combined task force of distinguished World War II historians and decorated World War II combat veterans - for the 2018 World War II Conference! And you should Join Us!

  • Hear leading historians' carefully crafted presentations, with strong visual support, on fascinating topics
  • Engage in lively discussions with historians and attendees during the meetings and social events
  • Meet and befriend like-minded men and women from across the land
  • Enjoy the 600 feet of private beach of the Sandcastle Resort - and watch the sun set into the Gulf each evening
  • Visit the area on your free time - St. Armand's Circle, the Mote Aqua-marina, Ringling Art Museum, etc.           
  • Honor the World War II Combat Veterans you will meet - and whose stories will touch your heart.

During the conference, a comprehensive selection of military history books will be available - you'll be able to acquire books written by our faculty members and secure autographed copies.

Please review the schedule to see what a rich and varied program we will present - we believe it to be an outstanding one! And on the Registration Page, note that you can enroll for all or any part of this exciting conference. You can also enroll at www.cwea.net - or call 800-298-1861.  We Hope to See You!     

 

Edwin C. Bearss

Ed Bearss, historian emeritus of the National Park Service, is the most well known battlefield guide in America and leads military history tours year-around of the Civil War, American Revolution, American West, and World War I and World War II in Europe. He is acclaimed as one of the stars of Ken Burns's award-winning PBS series, The Civil War. In 1956, he helped locate and raise the ironclad gunboat Cairo, one of the most significant artifacts of the Civil War.

Bruce Gamble

Bruce Gamble is a leading authority on the air war in the Pacific. He is the author of six books including Fortress Rabaul: The Battle for the Southwest Pacific, January 1942-April 1943The Black Sheep: The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II, and most recently Target: Rabaul. During his career as a Naval Flight Officer in the closing years of the Cold War, Bruce logged nearly 1,000 hours as a navigator in EA-3B Skywarriors, including deployments aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Lee F. Kichen

LTC Lee F. Kichen, USA-Ret is a retired Armor officer who served in command and staff positions in Armor, Armored Cavalry and Mechanized Infantry units.  He has served on the faculties of  Slippery Rock University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff  College.  He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the United States Air Force Air War College.

Robert J. Laplander

Robert J. Laplander is the leading authority on the ‘Lost Battalion’ of the 77th Division and the author of Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legend of America’s Famous WW1 Epic. He is featured in the television event The Great War; a 6-hour, 3-part record of America’s contributions in WW1 presented as part of the American Experience series for PBS in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the war.

Erin R. Mahan

Erin Mahan is Chief Historian of the Department of Defense, and previously served as an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the National Defense University, and also as a historian at the Department of State, where she edited several volumes of Foreign Relations of the United States. Her publications include Kennedy, de Gaulle, and Western Europe and articles on NATO, the Berlin Crisis, and U.S. and French foreign economic policies during the 1960s. 

Richard M. McMurry

Richard McMurry is the author of many books including John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence, Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History, The Road Past Kennesaw: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 and Virginia Military Institute Alumni in the Civil War, In Bello Praesidium.

 

Craig L. Symonds

Craig Symonds is professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught naval and Civil War history for 30 years. He serves on the board of Directors of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and is the author of many books including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History; Lincoln and His Admirals;The Battle of Midway; and Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings.

Jay Wertz

Jay Wertz is the author of six books including two award-winning volumes in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand series, D-Day: The Campaign Across France; and The Pacific: Volume One – Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, as well as the recently released The Pacific: Volume Two – The Solomons to Saipan. He is also the author of The Civil War Experience 1861-1865; and with Edwin C. Bearss, the co-author of the Smithsonian’s series, Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War.

Mitchell Yockelson

Mitch Yockelson is an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where he  heads the Archival Recovery Team (ART). Additionally, he teaches military history at Norwich University. He is the author of Borrowed Soldiers, Americans under British Command, 1918; MacArthur: America’s General; and Grant: Savior of the Union. A fourth book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the Germans in Autumn, 1918, will soon be published.

 

Full Program: Tuesday & Wednesday - 10 Sessions
                     includes 2 continental breakfasts,
                     2 Lunches and Tuesday PM reception                                                     $395

                                                   
Basic Program: Tuesday & Wednesday - 10 Sessions
                       includes 2 continental breakfasts
                       (Lunches & Thurs Reception NOT included)                                            $325             

Tuesday Only: 5 Sessions
                      (Continental Breakfast included; Lunch & Reception NOT included)             $165

             
Tuesday Morning Only: 3 Sessions
                                   (Continental Breakfast included)                                               $100

               
Tuesday Afternoon Only: 2 Sessions                                                                        $65 

             
Wednesday Only: 5 Sessions
                          (Continental Breakfast included; Lunch NOT included)                         $165

           
Wednesday Morning Only
: 3 Sessions
                                       (Continental Breakfast included)                                         $100
             
Wednesday Afternoon Only: 2 Sessions                                                                    $65  
           
Tuesday PM Reception (Cash Bar):                                                                          $25             

Please Note:

Those not enrolled for group lunches may purchase lunch in the hotel coffee shop

                                                              TO REGISTER:
          Please pay online with your credit card via AHF's PAYPAL account for fast & secure registration.
                                            (You need not have a PAYPAL account to do so.)

                         Or CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration;

              Or download and complete the registration form on the Printable document

           found on the "Overview" page,& FAX to 800-550-1347 or MAIL with payment to:

                                                                   CWEA
                                                             Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604

 

Tuesday, January 23

7:30 AM-8:30 AM              Continental Breakfast - Ballroom

8:00 AM throughout          Book Display & Sale courtesy of A. Parker Books, Sarasota

8:30 AM – 12:00 N           3 Talks – Topics and Faculty to be announced
 
12:00 N – 1:00 PM           Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:15 PM – 3:30 PM           2 Talks – Topics and Faculty to be announced

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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM           Reception in honor of our World War II Veterans - Cash Bar

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Wednesday, January 24

7:30 AM-8:30 AM            Continental Breakfast - Ballroom

8:30 AM – 12:00 N          3 Talks – Topics and Faculty to be announced
                         
12:00 N - 1:00 PM          Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:15 PM - 3:30 PM          2 Talks – Topics and Faculty to be announced

We reserve the right to change the order and topics of presentations, and to substitute faculty members as circumstances may dictate.

TO REGISTER:

Please pay online with your credit card via AHF's PAYPAL account for fast & secure registration.
                              (You need not have a PAYPAL account to do so.)

Or CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration;

Or download and complete the registration form on the Printable document found on the "Overview" page, & FAX to 800-550-1347 or MAIL with payment to:

                                                       CWEA
                                               Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604

 

 

Sarasota WWs Conferences 2018

We will be headquartered at the Sandcastle Resort on Lido Beach, 1540 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236 where we have reserved a block of rooms at the special discounted nightly rates of

  • $144 Non-View -- $164 Court View -- $183 Poolside -- $204 Gulf Front.

To reserve a room under our block call 800-225-2181 and identify yourself as a registrant for the World Wars Conference. Our attendees WILL NOT be assessed the Sandcastle’s $25 per day Resort Fee.

For attendees not staying at the Sandcastle, parking is available on the street - and local bus service (SCAT - Route 4) has a stop across the street from the hotel.

Location

Sandcastle Resort on Lido Beach
1540 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota, FL
United States
800-225-2181