Dear Civil War Weekenders,

It's with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of this year's Civil War Weekend, including the Spring Campaign bus trip, due to COVID-19 concerns. We will hold "A Tribute to Dr. Bud"--hopefully with the same speakers and program--at next year's Civil War Weekend, March 26-28, 2021.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. It was a very difficult decision, one that I took in consultation with several Virginia Tech colleagues. What tipped the balance was the knowledge that we would be bringing a group of mostly older people--who tend to be more vulnerable to the most serious effects of this virus--into close proximity with college students recently returned from spring break travel. (Most of the guest rooms at the Inn at Virginia Tech have been converted into a student dorm due to over-enrollment at VT this year.) We all hope the epidemic dies down quickly, but at this point it would be too big a risk to take.

Because of the way our agreements with hotels and conference organizers work, the financial penalties for cancelling this week are less severe than they would be next week or the week after. I also wanted to make a decision sooner rather than later out of consideration for both speakers and attendees, especially those who have to change travel plans.

My colleagues will be processing full refunds for you as soon as possible. If you made your own hotel reservations for the weekend, you should contact the hotel directly to cancel your room (Inn at Virginia Tech - 540-231-8000; Residence Inn - (540) 750-4400).

Again, my deepest apologies. I'll really miss seeing you all this year. Most of all I regret that we will have to wait to commemorate the life of our treasured founding director Dr. Robertson.

I hope to see you all next year for "A Tribute to Dr. Bud," March 26-28, 2021. Best of luck in the coming weeks, and thank you for your understanding.

James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies
Director, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies
History Department, 405 Major Williams Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0117

For More Information Contact:

Leland Shelton
Program Manager, Continuing and Professional Education
(540) 231-9617
Email: leshelt2@vt.edu

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