Someone was kind enough to include my name on a subscription list for Civil War News. While I am appreciative, why the hell would you mail a hard copy of a publication that is available Online? One possibility is that there is still a significant number of subscribers who, for whatever reason, do not have access to a computer. That said, isn't this just a huge waste of paper? I went through it in about 5 minutes and learned that there are a lot of strange things going on in the Civil War community.
I did notice an advertisement for the Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show, which will take place on Nov. 22 & 23 in Richmond. Although my Civil War Memory course does not begin until after Thanksgiving a number of students in my current course on the Civil War will be taking it so I've decided to organize a trip to the show. It should give my students a sense of how the Civil War continues to be remembered through the sale of relics, books, and other items. Students can listen in on conversations and perhaps even talk to some of the people representing various organizations as well as the dealers.
What do you think, is it worth it?