National Civil War Museum CEO headlines Scottsdale talk

Wayne Motts (submitted photo)

Wayne Motts (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Civil War Round Table will be hosting Gettysburg National Military Park guide, Wayne Motts, to discuss the Civil War during its November meeting.

The Scottsdale Civil War Round Table meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

On Nov. 15, Mr. Motts will present “Fighting the Civil War: Historical Treasurer of the Conflict in the Collection of the National Civil War Museum.”

Mr. Motts holds two degrees in history and has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for 28 years, according to a press release. He was the curator of the Cumberland county Historical Society in Carlisle, Penn., from 2002-04, and the artifact collections manager at the Adams County Historical in Gettysburg from 2004-05.

In 2005 he was named executive director of the society, a position he held for seven years. He became the CEO of The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Penn. in the spring of 2012.

He is the co-author with James A. Hessler of “Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History.”

Opened in 2001, The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Penn. is one of the largest museum in the country dedicated to telling the complete story of the war from the viewpoint of both sides, the release stated.

The museum holds more than 4,000 three dimensional artifacts and over 21,000 archival items including manuscripts, diaries, letters, photographic images, newspapers, and correspondence dating from 1861-1865.  Join the museum’s CEO on a journey of the history of the war illustrated by some of the nation’s rarest surviving Civil War artifacts in the museum’s collection.

Scottsdale Civil War Round Table speakers are comprised of well-known Civil War experts from around the country.  The group supports battlefield preservation through the Civil War Trust.  All are welcome.

Go to or call 480-699-5844.

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