The Genesee Community College Civil War Lecture Series Line-Up:
Sept. 4th – Wayne Mahood – Talking about his new book, “Fight All Day, March All Night,” Mahood’s seventh book on the Civil War.
Sept. 18th – Eleanor Stearns as Clara Barton – Living history event as acclaimed actress portrays Civil War heroine.
Sept. 21st – Dr. Spencer Annabel – “Myths and Realities of Civil War Medicine.” A practicing surgeon and confederate reenactor, “Doc” Annabel will tear down some prominent falsehoods about medicine during the war and will surprise many with success stories, despite the pre-antibiotic world at the time.
Oct. 2nd – Derek Maxfield and Tom Schobert on the life of Robert E. Lee – This talk has two parts: first a look at Lee during the war, then a living history presentation about Lee’s life after the war.
Oct. 16th – Derek Maxfield – “Ancestors in Peace and Pieces.” Maxfield will talk about his six great grandfathers who fought for the Union, focusing on their lives after the war.
Nov. 6th – Joyce Thompson Hovey on “Lincoln’s Secret Visit”
Dec. 4th – Adam Tabelski, “Copperheads, Carnage and Campaigns” (Room T119) Ron Maxwell’s film Copperhead shines a revealing light on a fictional, small-town farmer during the Civil War who wanted peace above all else. Most of his neighbors thought he was crazy, and continued to support the Northern war effort. While competing political views plunged Abner Beech’s community into turmoil, the anti-war message of prominent real-life “copperheads” like Clement Vallandigham threatened the fate of the nation. This talk will explore the tumultuous history of politicians and others whose beliefs ran counter to the prevailing sentiment of preserving the Union—and freeing the slaves—at all costs. It will also examine New York City’s violent reaction to the 1863 draft, and the great stakes of the 1864 presidential election.
All lectures begin at 7:00 PM and are free and open to the public. All events are held in T102 in the Conable Technology Bldg. unless otherwise noted.