Orleans County Civil War Lecture Series

MEDINA — Genesee Community College is pleased to announce two fall lectures in Orleans County. As part of it’s popular Civil War Initiative, these lectures will shed light on interesting aspects of our bloodiest conflict.

Sept. 22nd at GCC’s MEDINA campus center — “Myths and More at Gettysburg” with George McGaughey. No Civil War battlefield is more famous (at least in the north) than Gettysburg. To many, it is sacred ground that warrants many visits and careful study, and like any other historical landscape, it is prone to myths and legends. In this talk McGaughey will talk about the basis of those myths and the many discoveries he has made as a frequent visitor. His findings will surprise even the most knowledgeable Civil War buff.

Oct. 21st at GCC’s ALBION campus center — “Marching through the Heart of the Confederacy: Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea” with Prof. Derek Maxfield, GCC Asst. Prof. of History. From a strategic perspective, few southern cities were more vital to the Confederate war effort than Atlanta. Sherman’s drive on Atlanta and subsequent march to the sea are a fascinating chapter in Civil War history. Besides knocking the heart out of the Confederacy, Sherman’s campaigns helped to secure the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and introduced psychological warfare as a means to winning the war.

Both events begin at 7:00 PM and are FREE and open to the public. For a complete listing of all Civil War Initiative events, go to: http://www.civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com/

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Civil War Days Return to Arcade

Civil War Days
presented by
Arcade & Attica RR
&
Union Blue Enterprises

September 12-14, 2013
Arcade, NY

Parade Saturday at 10:15 AM

Train will run twice on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.

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Fall 2014 Civil War Lecture Series Line-up Announced

BATAVIA – Now entering it’s fourth year, the popular GCC Civil War Lecture Series continues this fall with a great line-up of speakers and topics. In revealing the fall schedule Derek Maxfield, assistant professor of history at GCC and coordinator of the Civil War Initiative, commented “this is going to be a great line-up of strong and popular speakers.” In fact, the famous Civil War historian Ed Bearrs once said of Chris Mackowski’s lecture that it was “One of the best talks I’ve ever heard!” Mackowski, a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure, will lead off the fall line-up with “The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson” on Sept 3rd. This particular lecture had been scheduled for the spring of 2014, but had been postponed due to inclement weather.

The full line-up includes:

Sept. 3rd. – “The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson” with Dr. Chris Mackowski, St. Bonaventure University

Oct. 1st – “Marching through the Heart of the Confederacy: Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea” with Prof. Derek Maxfield, assistant professor of history, GCC

Nov. 5th – “Uncle Tom’s Twentieth Century Transformation: From Martyr to Mickey Mouse and Muhammad Ali” with Dan Hamner, adjunct instructor of history, GCC

Dec. 3rd – “The Music of the Civil War” with David Armitage, Dona LaValle, and Jeff Fischer

Lectures take place in room T102 of the Conable Technology Bldg. and begin at 7:00 PM. All Civil War Initiative events are FREE and open to the public.

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Last Civil War Lecture of Spring to Focus on Dean Richmond

BATAVIA – Join us for the last Civil War lecture of the spring semester on Wednesday, May 7th at 7:00 PM in T102 of the Conable Technology Building. Mike “Max” Szemplenski will lecture on Dean Richmond and the Civil War. A powerful railroad baron and influential Democrat, Dean Richmond was also a gentleman and man of honor. This presentation will feature a first person interpretation of Dean Richmond, in costume. Come learn about the man who was one of the richest to ever live in Batavia and one of the few who could boast that he had lunch with Abraham Lincoln!

Lecture is FREE and open to the public.

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Days Away From 2014 Civil War Encampment at Medina

MEDINA – We are just days away from GCC’s third annual Civil War Encampment weekend at the Medina Campus Center. Rain or Shine there will be great educational opportunities and fun for the whole family throughout the weekend. Even if Mother Nature chooses to make it a wet weekend, there are many indoor and events under the shelter of tents – ALL FREE!

The action will begin Saturday morning, April 26th, with events in downtown Medina from 9:00 AM. Civil War music, provided by David Armitage and Dona LaValle, will be played in Rotary Park to get everyone in the spirit of the 19th century. Downtown Medina will be visited from Generals from both sides as they reconnoiter the ground. Union General Ulysses S. Grant and his staff will mingle even while Confederate Generals Lee and Longstreet make an appearance. The Generals will duck in and out of downtown restaurants prior to the parade so that towns people may later boast they had “Breakfast with the Generals.”

The parade through downtown Medina will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday, beginning near the fire station and ending at Boxwood Cemetery. There will be tunes from the Excelsior Fife and Drum Band and both Union and Confederate troops will stop at the four corners to drill. The parade will conclude with a brief wreath laying ceremony at Boxwood Cemetery. President Lincoln will read the Gettysburg Address and Union and Confederate officers will lay a wreath at the grave of Capt. Erwin Bowen, commander of Company D, 28th NY Infantry, during the Civil War.

Following the parade the actions shifts to GCC’s Medina Campus Center for a full array of interesting exhibits and events – many indoors or under cover. Highlights include formal lectures on the making of the film Copperhead, a showing of the film Saturday evening, a Victorian ball also Saturday night. On Sunday there will be talks on James Longstreet, Col. Edwin Franklin, and the Confederate Navy. There will be mock skirmishes on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM that you will not want to miss! Consider bringing lawn chairs and umbrellas.

An exciting late addition to the schedule involves recording visitors reciting the Gettysburg Address. PBS and Ken Burns recently produced an excellent documentary on the Gettysburg Address and began an effort to gather recordings of people from all walks of life reciting the address. We decided that we should join the effort! Saturday from 11:00 AM until about 4:00 PM we will record anyone interested in taking part in room 18 of the campus center. After editing, the recordings will be posted to a national website: http://www.learntheaddress.org/

Come join all the fun in Medina! All the great activities and demonstrations are FREE and open to the public. Parking is also FREE!

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2014 Civil War Encampment Program

MEDINA – Two weeks remain before GCC’s 3rd Annual Civil War Encampment weekend, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Many new and exciting elements will combine to provide a full weekend of family fun – ALL FOR FREE! Click on the link below to view the official program.

CW Medina Encampment Program 2014 FINAL FINAL.pdf

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Maxfield to Speak on Madison and War of 1812 at HLOM

BATAVIA – On Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 PM, GCC Asst. Professor Derek Maxfield will deliver a lecture on the War of 1812 at the Holland Land Office and Museum. Often associated with Civil War topics, Prof. Maxfield has done extensive research on the founding fathers, including Madison. According to Maxfield, although we know Madison as the “Father of the Constitution,” we don’t often remember him as a war president. The general trend in the history books is to judge Madison as inept and weak as a commander in chief – a portrayal that is unfair. Madison was at the helm with a ship of state that was hampered by divisive Congressional politics and outright treason. Join us as we paint a new portrait of the diminutive Virginian

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