January 28th at 7:00 PM – Medina Campus Center
“Lincoln and the Constitution”
Presented by Prof. Derek Maxfield, GCC
Our relationship with the Constitution today is a funny thing: one the one hand we tend to revere it in the abstract and – as a society – lack a deep understanding of it. The same could be said of our relationship with Lincoln. In fact, a deeper understanding of Lincoln might well surprise many people and tarnish his image. To some extent that is because we do not tend to think of Lincoln as a politician, but as a hero and statesman. The truth is that he was a talented politician and could be just as slippery as any of that breed. Lincoln’s relationship with the Constitution was shaped by both Lincoln the statesman and Lincoln the politician – depending upon circumstances. Of course, the circumstances were largely shaped by that deadly fraternal war he led the country through. Join us as we explore Lincoln and the Constitution at GCC Medina.
February 27th at 7:00 PM – Albion Campus Center
“The Civil War Tower in Mt. Albion Cemetery: A History”
Presented by Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Mt. Albion Cemetery is one of the most unique physical commemorations of Civil War valor. Standing at the highest point in the cemetery, the monument – a tower – rises through the treetops for a stunning view of the countryside. Made of Medina sandstone, this tribute remembers the 463 Orleans County men who perished in the war. Join us as we review the history of this magnificent historic tower and learn about the challenges faced by those who dedicated themselves to building an iconic monument to those who fell in that great fraternal war.
April 11th at 10:00 AM – Medina Campus Center
Presented by Adam Tabelski, former mayor of Medina, Sr. Aide to Sen. George Maziarz
“Copperheads and the Constitution: Lincoln’s ‘Fire in the Rear’”
As President Lincoln searched for ways to take the military offensive and defeat the Confederate army in the South, he had problems back at home. There was, in fact, a jeopardizing ‘fire in the rear’ that needed to be put out: the activism of so-called “copperheads,” who were politicians and others whose beliefs ran counter to the prevailing wartime sentiment of preserving the Union—and, later, freeing the slaves—at all costs. Copperheads sought victories not on the battlefield, but in communities, in the courts, and at the ballot box. This talk will explore their tumultuous history.