Thursday January 3, Dick Simpson will present a slide show on the Battle of Franklin Tennessee. Dick Simpson, and his wife Deborah, spend their summers on Willoughby Lake in Westmore Vermont. Dick’s family has lived in the area for six generations. He is the Historian for the Town of Westmore where he lectures on local history. From November to April they live in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Dick is a native Long Islander and former president of the Northport Historical Society.
Dick has been touring Civil War battlefields since Junior High School, mostly following the 3rd and 15th Vermont Regiments in which his relatives fought and died. He now has six Civil War slide programs that he has given the last eight years to over 30 Civil War Round Tables. With 20 lectures scheduled for 2012, he will have given over 140 lectures in nine years. With these lectures he has raised over $10,000 dollars for battlefield preservation through lecture donations and his Civil War book raffles. This year Dick is receiving special awards for his outstanding fund raising efforts by the Delaware Valley and Hershey Civil War Round Tables.
Dick is a civilian Civil War reenactor portraying Frederick Holbrook, the Civil War governor of Vermont and he was featured in the January 2010 issue of Gettysburg Magazine. He is an active member of dozens of Civil War organizations in Vermont, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.