Mackowski to kick-off 2019-2020 Historical Horizons Lecture Series at GCC

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Dr. Chris Mackowski, St. Bonaventure University

BATAVIA – The Historical Horizons Lecture Series at GCC will kick-off the new year with some real star power.  On Wednesday, Sept. 4th, author Chris Mackowski will talk about his book Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.

Facing financial ruin and struggling against terminal throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant fought his last battle to preserve the meaning of the American Civil War. His war of words, “The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” would cement his place as not only one of America’s greatest heroes, but also as one of its most sublime literary voices.

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War. He is the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie, and the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois University Press. Chris is a writing professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, where he also serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs.

Copies of Mackowski’s book will be available for sale Wednesday night.

The Historical Horizons Lecture Series is sponsored by the GCC History Club and Barnes and Noble.  Events are FREE and open to the public.  Programs begin at 7:00 PM in T102 of the Conable Technology Building.  Anyone with questions or for further information may contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

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Attica HS hosts “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” this weekend

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Generals Grant and Sherman will invade Attica, NY, this weekend to present “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” – a three act play dramatizing the important friendship and partnership between two of the Union’s most successful commanders.

The show begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 24th at the Attica Historical Society, 130 Main St, Attica, NY 14011.  Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the outdoor performance.

“Now We Stand by Each Other Always” was written and is directed by Genesee Community College professor of history Derek Maxfield, who also plays the role of General Grant alongside his GCC colleague Tracy Ford, professor of English, who is General Sherman. Collectively known as “Rudely Stamp’d,” the original one act performance debuted in September 2018, but it has been so popular with audiences of all ages that Maxfield recently expanded the script to three acts covering three years of the Civil War.

Act I is set in June 1863 when Grant and Sherman meet during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, to discuss military affairs just weeks before the surrender of the Gibraltar of the West. Act II takes place in March 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Grant had recently been promoted to Lt. General and was now commander-in-chief of all Union armies. He and Sherman meet to map out the Atlanta and Overland Campaigns. Finally, Act III (previously performed) features the generals meeting at City Point, Virginia after a year apart, where Sherman recounts his exploit in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The three acts together provide a rich arch revealing not only their unique friendship, but also many intriguing and sometimes humorous insights of the famous Generals, giving audiences a full appreciation of these important men, the era they lived, and their historical significance.

Anyone with questions may contact the Attica Historical Society or Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

GCC Historical Horizons Lecture Series Announces Fall 2019 Line-up

The Genesee Community College History Club is proud to announce the full speaker slate for the Fall 2019 lecture series.

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Sept. 4            Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (based on his book, published by Savas Beatie, 2015)

Presented by Dr. Chris Mackowski, Professor of Journalism and Communications, St. Bonaventure University

 

Sept. 7                      “Now We Stand by Each Other Always”                                          

1:00 PM                    *MEDINA CAMPUS CENTER (Back lawn)*

Performed by Derek Maxfield as Gen. Grant and Tracy Ford as Gen. Sherman, this engaging two-man show features a series of conversations between the Union’s greatest commanders in the midst of the Civil War.

Oct. 2                        A Historian Reflects on Hamilton the Musical

Presented by Danny Hamner, GCC Adjunct Instructor of History.

Nov. 6                       “We Have to Create a National Debate, Community by Community…”:  Women Trailblazers in Environmental Reform.                            

Presented by Dr. Terrianne Schulte, D’Youville College.

Dec. 4                       Abigail Adams LIVE

Portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube, GCC Adjunct Instructor of History.

Unless otherwise indicated, all lectures take place in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building, on the Batavia Campus.  Programs begin at 7:00 PM and are FREE and open to the public.  For more information contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

 

ECW Speakers Bureau Brochure Now Available

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Our friends at Emerging Civil War have just released a new Speakers Bureau brochure for 2019-20.  It includes some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic people I have ever known (as well as a shortish history professor some of you know).  It is a special group of people dedicated to sharing their scholarship with a broad audience.  Check it out: https://emergingcivilwar.com/2019/08/07/the-2019-2020-ecw-speakers-bureau-is-now-available/

March along with the Generals on their summer campaign

Mark your calendars!

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The Generals are on the rampage this summer as they perform “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” from town to town.

Fresh off their debut of all three acts in Pavilion, Gen. Grant and Gen. Sherman are preparing for shows in Akron, Attica and Medina.

The play is based on a series of conversations between the famous Union generals during the Civil War.  The friendship that developed between Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman is a touching story on a personal level, but it also was a recipe for the success of Union arms.  Beginning at Vicksburg in 1863, the play has a nice arch that allows audiences to see the evolution of the partnership between the generals.

Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming shows:

8/4 @ 2:00 PM – Akron – C. Dee Wright Community Center, 7 Church St., Akron, NY – FREE (indoor performance)

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Rudely Stamp’d Rolls out new acts of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always”

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Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once chided a critic of his friend and superior Gen. Ulysses S. Grant by responding that “Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now, Sir, we stand by each other always.”

That iconic phrase now serves as the title of a play that will be performed this week at the Pavilion Methodist Church, corner of routes 63 & 19, in Pavilion, on Wednesday, 6/19 beginning at 6:30 PM, and on Saturday, 6/22,  at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst, NY at 4:00 PM.

“Now we stand by each other always” was written and is directed by Genesee Community College professor of history Derek Maxfield, who also plays the role of General Grant alongside his GCC colleague Tracy Ford, professor of English, who is General Sherman. Collectively known as “Rudely Stamp’d,” the original one act performance debuted in September 2018, but it has been so popular with audiences of all ages that Maxfield recently expanded the script to three acts covering three years of the Civil War.

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Derek Maxfield as Gen. Grant

Act I is set in June 1863 when Grant and Sherman meet during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, to discuss military affairs just weeks before the surrender of the Gibraltar of the West. Act II takes place in March 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Grant had recently been promoted to Lt. General and was now commander-in-chief of all Union armies. He and Sherman meet to map out the Atlanta and Overland Campaigns. Finally, Act III (previously performed) features the generals meeting at City Point, Virginia after a year apart, where Sherman recounts his exploit in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The three acts together provide a rich arch revealing not only their unique friendship, but also many intriguing and sometimes humorous insights of the famous Generals, giving audiences a full appreciation of these important men, the era they lived, and their historical significance.

The June 19th performance at the United Methodist Church is sponsored by the Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable. While admission is free and open to the public, donations to the Roundtable are encouraged. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held outside, weather permitting. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the show will be inside the church.

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Tracy Ford as Gen. Sherman

The June 22nd performance at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village begins at 4 p.m. Admission is $12, with all proceeds benefitting the Heritage Village. The show will also be held outside, weather permitting and attendees are again encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Otherwise, the show will be in the ballroom inside the museum. Additional opportunities will be happening at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village including the School of the Soldier program held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and chicken BBQ dinner from 3 to 4 p.m., available for $10 per person. Advanced, pre-pay reservations for the BBQ dinner are necessary and will be available when purchasing tickets for “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.” Walk-in dinner orders will not be available. Tickets may be purchased at http://bnhv.org/event/now-we-stand-by-each-other-always/ or at the museum. For further information call 716-689-1440.

The Rudely Stamp’d program illustrates the collaboration, dedication and expertise of GCC professors. Maxfield and Ford combined their talents and their craft as teaching professionals to create a program that not only benefits local communities, but often provides GCC students, specifically the History Club with unique opportunities to appreciate the importance of history and its continued significance on contemporary times. It also engages students in event planning, sound and light technology, and understanding the value of community collaborations and communication, which is a key value under the College’s Mission.

For more information about the “Now We Stand by Each Other Always,” contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or go to https://rudelystampd.wordpress.com/

Change of venue for West Seneca performance

Due to the threat of rain the performance of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” in West Seneca has been moved to the WEST SENECA SENIOR CENTER, 4520 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY 14224.  The time remains the same – 7:00 PM.

Contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or Tom Schobert at tschobert49@hotmail.com with any questions.

Grant and Sherman off to West Seneca

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Rudely Stamp’d features Derek Maxfield as Grant (left) and Tracy Ford as Sherman (right).

The West Seneca Historical Society is bracing for the arrival of the Civil War in their neighborhood as Rudely Stamp’d will bring their production “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” to that neck of the woods on May 29th at 7:00 PM.

The play features an engaging conversation between Generals Grant and Sherman in March 1865 – near the end of the Civil War. Sherman recounts his famous Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea and the men plot how to finish off the Confederate armies.  The play stars Derek Maxfield as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Tracy Ford as Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and West Seneca native Tom Schobert as Gen. John A. Rawlins.  Tom Bowers joins the trio as Lt. Colonel Horace Porter.

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Derek Maxfield as Gen. U.S. Grant

Admission to the performance is just $5.00 for the general public but is free for historical society members.  No reservations are necessary, but folks should bring lawn chairs if they have them.  The play will be presented at the Charles Burchfield Nature Park, Union at Clinton, West Seneca NY 14224.  For more information, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or Tom Schobert at tschobert49@hotmail.com.

Egyptologist Rounds Out Spring Lecture Series at GCC

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Batavia, New York – The Genesee Community College History Club is excited to invite the public to attend a lecture presented by Dr. Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer entitled “Winged Jewels of the Nile.”  Rescheduled due to inclement weather in February, Bailleul-LeSuer has agreed to present on Wednesday, May 1st.

Birds and bird imagery filled the world of the ancient Egyptians. Every fall, the arrival of millions of waterfowl in the Delta marshes coincided with the Nile flood. The Egyptians saw in these natural and cyclical events a symbolic reenactment of the moment of creation when, according to some versions of the myth, a divine goose laid an egg on the first mound emerging from the water. From this egg hatched the sun god, who flew high in the sky and created the other gods and humanity.

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In addition to presenting how birds, from cradle to coffin, permeated most aspects of Egyptian society, Bailleul-LeSuer will discuss the work she has conducted and is pursuing on a selection of bird mummies held in museum collections. Using medical imaging and scientific analyses to complement findings from ancient texts and artifacts, her research aims at shedding some additional light on the phenomenon of Sacred Bird Cults, in which these mummies played a significant role. With her expertise in this unique field of study, Bailleul-LeSuer  has edited the book, “Between Heaven and Earth, Birds in Ancient Egypt” which was published by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 2012.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building, is free and open to the public.