GCC Announces Civil War Lectures in Dansville

DANSVILLE – Today GCC announced that its popular Civil War Lecture Series will travel to its Dansville campus for two lectures. The most popular component of the college’s Civil War Initiative, the lecture series has drawn thousands of Civil War enthusiasts over the past three years. “I am delighted to bring the lecture series to the Southern Tier,” CWI coordinator and assistant professor Derek Maxfield commented. “There is strong interest in the war in the area. I believe they will really enjoy the two featured speakers, who are both well versed in the war and dynamic speakers.”

Mark your calendars:

March 25th – “The Civil War in Indian Country” with GCC Adjunct Instructor of History Dan Hamner.

April 15th – “Lincoln’s Other War” with Robert Yott, author, historian, and reenactor.

Both programs begin at 7:00 PM at the GCC Dansville campus and are FREE and open to the public.

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Nominate a Orleans County Heritage Hero — DEADLINE FEB. 15TH

MEDINA – Genesee Community College encourages people to act now to nominate Orleans County citizens for the second annual Heritage Heroes Awards. All nominations must be submitted by Feb. 15th. The Heritage Heroes Awards are an effort to recognize the impressive efforts of Orleans County citizens who work diligently, often without remuneration, to preserve the county’s history.

The college will recognize these Heritage Heroes during its fourth annual Civil War Encampment, which will once again be held at GCC’s Medina Campus Center from April 25-26th.

Nominees for Heritage Heroes Awards must be Orleans County residents. They can be any age but posthumous nominations will not be accepted. History professionals and GCC employees are also not eligible for the award, nor are those who serve on the awards selection committee. Nominees must be individuals, not groups of individuals acting together. Nominations will not be retained for future consideration. To nominate someone for the Heritage Heroes Awards, write up a detailed statement outlining the person’s contributions, projects and community affiliations. Include his/her name (anonymous nominations will not be accepted), address, phone number and email address. The stronger the statement, the better the case is made for the nominee.

Submit the nomination to: Genesee Community College, ATTENTION: Heritage Heroes Committee, 11470 Maple Ridge Rd. Medina, NY 14103-9675. Nominations may also be emailed to Orleans Campus Centers Associate Dean Jim Simon at jsimon@genesee.edu. Please write Heritage Heroes Nomination in the subject line.

A screening committee made up of community members, history professionals and GCC students will review the nominations and select finalists. From those finalists, a committee including GCC Associate Dean Jim Simon, Assistant Professor and Encampment Coordinator Derek Maxfield and Orleans Hub Editor Tom Rivers will choose the Heritage Heroes.

For more information about GCC’s Civil War Initiative visit the website https://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com or contact Coordinator Derek Maxfield, Assistant Professor of History, at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288 or ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

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GCC Civil War Initiative Announces Spring Events

Lincoln and the Generals

Lincoln and the Generals

Batavia, NY- The Civil War Initiative at Genesee Community College launched in 2011 to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the historic conflict. As the nation marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s end in 2015, the College continues to offer a variety of events to educate and enlighten. The popular Civil War Lecture Series continues with three events planned; the Civil War Encampment returns to GCC’s Medina Campus Center April 24-26, 2015; and new this year a Commemorative Civil War Ball is planned for March 21, 2015 at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia. GCC is a co-sponsor of this event being put on by the Daughters of the American Civil War.

The Civil War Lecture series at the College has drawn hundreds of people to learn more about the leaders of the War, the battles and even the music. Spring semester 2015 brings another interesting line-up of speakers arranged by Civil War Initiative Coordinator and Assistant Professor of History Derek Maxfield. They include:

• GCC Assistant Professor of History Charles Scruggs; Feb. 4, 2015 / Batavia Campus

“From the Blue and the Gray to Brown: An Exploration of Race, Reconstruction and Higher Education”

The Civil War shaped American higher education in profound ways. Prof. Scruggs will examine the complex connections between our nation’s colonial colleges and the institution of slavery.

• Dr. Michael Eula, Genesee County Historian; March 4, 2015 / Batavia Campus

“The Ideal of Freedom, the Civil War, and Genesee County, New York, 1861-1865”

“Freedom” was the explicit ideological goal of both the Union and the Confederacy, but each understood it in dramatically different ways. Dr. Eula, Professor Emeritus of History at El Camino College in Torrance, California will explore “freedom” from the Union viewpoint with special emphasis on Genesee County. How did “freedom” shape views on slavery, the place of women in society, the role of government, the construction of nationalism and the place of civil rights? Ironically, the echoes of these concerns resonate in our own day—conclusively illustrating the often subtle connection between the past and the present.

• GCC Historian Panel moderated by Prof. Derek Maxfield; April 1, 2015 / Batavia Campus

“Reconsidering the Civil War: GCC Historians Consider Historiography and American Memory”

An all-star team of GCC historians comes together to assess the Sesquicentennial commemorations of the Civil War. How have histories of the War changed over the years? How do we want to remember America’s greatest tragedy? The discussion will feature Professors Garth Swanson, Charles Scruggs, Timothy Palmer, Peter Francione, and Dan Hamner as well as Orleans County Campus Centers Associate Dean Jim Simon.

All events begin at 7 p.m. in Room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia Campus. Each is FREE and open to the public.

CIVIL WAR BALL – MARCH 21ST

On Saturday, March 21, 2015 the Daughters of the American Civil War, a ladies group in Batavia dedicated to honoring women of the Civil War era, presents a Commemorative Civil War Ball from 7-10 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia. The event will feature Civil War music provided by City Fiddle with a dance master to call the dances. Dance instruction will be offered free of charge to ball attendees from 1 -3 p.m. the afternoon of the event in the Clarion ballroom.

This is an historic re-enactment open to all re-en-actors and the general public. Formal dress is requested for the ball and period dress is appreciated. All eras of military dress will be honored. Pre-sale tickets for the event are $25 and are available online at http://www.showtix4u.com. Tickets at the door are $30. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Genesee Veterans Support Group and the Genesee County Historians Association.

CIVIL WAR LECTURES IN ORLEANS COUNTY

There are also three Civil War lectures scheduled this spring at GCC’s two campus centers in Orleans County.

• Thursday, February 26, at 7 p.m., the Medina Campus Center has scheduled a lecture entitled, “A Legacy of Conflict: The Longstreet Family and the Problem of Historical Memory,” presented by Dr. Terrianne Schulte, associate professor of history at D’Youville College.

• Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at the Albion Campus Center, Sarah Handley-Cousins, a PhD candidate at the University of Buffalo, will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Sacrifices Of This War Are Awful: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Disability in the Post-Civil War North.”

• Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Medina Campus Center, a special panel discussion entitled, “Reconsidering the Civil War and American Memory” will feature James Simon, associate dean of GCC’s Orleans County campuses, Dan Hamner, GCC adjunct instructor and Bill Lattin, former Orleans County historian. The panel discussion will be moderated by Derek Maxfield, founder of GCC’s Civil War Initiatives and assistant professor of history.

The Civil War Encampment returns to GCC’s Medina Campus Center April 24-26, 2015. Now in its fourth year, the community has embraced this event and the historical education and many activities it offers. More information about this year’s Encampment will be available as the date draws closer.

For the latest information on events and activities associated with the CWI, check out the website https://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com or contact assistant professor Derek Maxfield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288 or ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

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Spring 2015 Civil War Lecture Series Line-up Announced

BATAVIA—One hundred-fifty years ago the Civil War was winding down. By the spring of 1865 it was clear that the momentum has swung strongly in favor of the Union. In April, Robert E. Lee would surrender his command at Appomattox Court House. As GCC’s Civil War Initiative continues its examination of that terrible war, we are pleased to announce the lineup of topics and speakers for the final round of lectures.

Feb. 4th — “From the Blue and the Gray to Brown: An Exploration of Race, Reconstruction, and Higher Education” with Prof. Charles Scruggs, GCC

This talk will examine the complex connections between our nation’s colonial colleges and the institution of slavery as well as the profound ways in which the Civil War shaped American higher education.

March 4th — “The Ideal of Freedom, the Civil War, and Genesee County, New York, 1861-1865.” Dr. Michael Eula, Genesee County Historian and Professor Emeritus of History, El Camino College, CA

As scholars ranging in orientation from John P. Diggins to Eric Foner have long argued, both the Union and the Confederacy waged the Civil War with “freedom” as an explicit ideological goal. Nonetheless, each side understood “freedom” in dramatically different ways. In this lecture I am exploring “freedom” as it was articulated in the Union with a special emphasis placed upon Genesee County, New York. How did “freedom” shape views on slavery, the place of women in society, the role of government, the construction of nationalism, and the place of civil rights? Ironically, the echoes of these concerns resonate in our own day – conclusively illustrating the often subtle connection between the past and the present.

April 1st – “Reconsidering the Civil War: GCC Historians Consider Historiography and American Memory.” Panel discussion moderated by Prof. Derek Maxfield- GCC, with Prof. Garth Swanson – GCC, Prof. Charles Scruggs – GCC, Timothy Palmer – GCC Adjunct Instructor, Jim Simon – Assoc. Dean of Orleans County Campuses, Prof. Peter Francione – Fmr. GCC Adjunct Instructor and currently MCC Prof. of Criminal Justice, and Dan Hamner – GCC Adjunct Instructor.

GCC’s history all-star team comes together to assess the Sesquicentennial commemorations of the Civil War, how histories of the war have changed over the years, and a consideration of how we want to remember America’s greatest tragedy.
All events begin at 7:00 PM in T102 of the Conable Tech. Bldg. and are FREE and open to the public.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
APRIL 24-26 – CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT AT GCC’S MEDINA CAMPUS CENTER

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Civil War Lecture on Wednesday, November 5th — “Uncle Tom’s Twentieth-Century Transformation”

BATAVIA — Cover of Uncle Tom's CabinGenesee Community College invites the public to the next presentation in the Civil War Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. The talk will be held in the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia Campus, One College Road, Batavia. However, a scheduling issue has caused a change in rooms. The lecture will be held in Room T119.

Entitled “Uncle Tom’s Twentieth Century Transformation: From Martyr to Mickey Mouse and Muhammad Ali,” this talk will describe the transformation of the 19th Century’s greatest media icon and provide historical insights into our changing memory of Uncle Tom, American Slavery and the Civil War. The lecture will be presented by Dan Hamner, adjunct instructor of history at GCC.  Copies of Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be available for sale at the event.

The final lecture for the fall semester is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 and will feature David Armitage and Dona LaValle presenting “The Music of the Civil War.” Music played an important role in the American Civil War as it called men to battle, boosted morale – both on the battlefield and the home front, and stirred patriotism north and south. The program will not only feature stories about the music but performances as well.

All Civil War Initiative events are FREE and open to the public.

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Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea

BATAVIA – The Civil War Lecture Series continues Wednesday night, October 1st, with “Marching through the Heart of the Confederacy: Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea” with Derek Maxfield, Assistant Professor of History at GCC. Undertaken in the summer of 1864, Sherman’s drive on Atlanta and subsequent march to Savannah tore the heart out of the Confederacy. Atlanta was a major manufacturing center and railroad hub that was utterly destroyed by Sherman’s army. The march across Georgia was designed as psychological warfare as much as military. By the time Sherman reached Atlanta the Confederate will to fight was swiftly diminishing. Join us as we explore this fascinating chapter in Civil War history.

All Civil War events at GCC are FREE and open to the public. The lectures are held in T102 of the Conable Tech. Bldg. on the Batavia campus and begin at 7:00 PM.

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Civil War Ball

BATAVIA — On March 21, 2015 a Commemorative Civil War Ball will be held in the ball room of the Clarion Hotel, Batavia, NY. Special room rates and discounts will be available for Ball attendees. The Clarion Hotel has an indoor water park and many activities for all members of the family. Additional events for that weekend and discounts from local businesses will be added to a package supplied by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.

This is an historic re-enactment open to all re-en-actors and the general public. The year of 2015 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the end of the War of 1812, the 200th anniversary of the Holland Land Purchase, 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the 100th anniversary of the City of Batavia, NY.

Formal dress requested. Period dress appreciated. All eras of Military Dress will be honored. Civil War Music provided by City Fiddle with a dance master to call the dances. Dance instruction offered during the afternoon on the day of the event free of charge to ball attendees. We hope to start the 2015 re-enactment season with a bang!!!

This event is sponsored by the Daughters of the American Civil War . Proceeds will be donated to the Genesee Veterans Support Group and the Genesee County Historians Association.

The Daughters of the American Civil War is a Ladies group located in Batavia, NY. We are dedicated to honoring women of the Civil War era. We work to preserve the history of what women and families went through during the American Civil War and to pass on that knowledge to future generations by doing presentations and living history events.

We are accepting new members that have an interest in sharing and re-enacting Civil War events for others to enjoy. Members are encouraged to dress in period clothing for group events. Please contact us through our Face Book Page www.facebook.com/groups/1457898471159898

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