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February Meeting - Capturing the Field

  • Villages of Homestead Clubhouse 1851 S Canal Dr Homestead, FL, 33035 (map)

With any foundational book for history enthusiasts a driving and walking tour is essential to understanding the events that took place on the hallowed ground. What makes those tours effective is the use of modern photography to give readers and visitors the orientation and the “what am I looking at” answers. With all the books published in the Emerging Civil War Series, the photographs are taken by the authors or editor (who are all members of the Emerging Civil War blog) and need to be of a particular resolution so the picture is distinguishable when published in black and white. With well-over 100 photographs, both historic and modern, in each book, this is a very daunting but worthwhile venture. 

This talk will explain some of the methods used, reasons for, and the joys of taking photos on historic sites and battlefields.

Phill Greenwalt is currently a supervisory park ranger at Everglades National Park, overseeing visitor operations in the Shark Valley District. He has also worked at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, George Washington Birthplace National Monument, and Thomas Stone National Historic Site. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University and holds a graduate degree in American History from George Mason University. He is the co-author of three books, three articles, and is a contributing historian to the Emerging Civil War blog ( as well as the co-founder of the Emerging Revolutionary War blog ( Lastly, he is the historic editor of the upcoming Emerging Revolutionary War Book Series. Phill resides in the Miami area with his wife, Adel.