Ticket prices REDUCED for Sonny Mayo and the Lowdown

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BATAVIA – Sonny Mayo returns to GCC on Friday, November 8th, with his band The Lowdown.  A feast for blues fans, the band will also feature old standards.  The concert begins at 7:00 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theater.

The Genesee Community College History Club is sponsoring the concert as a fundraiser for it’s annual educational trip in the spring.  Ticket prices have just been reduced to $10.00 presale (on reserve) and $12.00 at the door. To reserve tickets, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or 585-343-6288 or Marie Kochmanski at mekochmanski@genesee.edu or call 585-343-6270.

The Sound of Rhythm and Blues Supports GCC’s History Club Spring Break Tour

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Batavia, New York – An annual spring adventure where students in GCC’s History Club visit important historical sites, museums and battlefields in April ultimately benefits the local lovers of blues music this fall. Sonny Mayo and the Lowdown are coming to GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theater on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. for an evening of excellent rhythm and blues featuring a great selection of original tunes and old favorites by a former GCC faculty member.  All proceeds from the concert will be dedicated to the History Club’s spring break history tour.

Frank Mayo is now a retired GCC public speaking professor, but he is anything but retired from his passion for music. Sonny Mayo, as he is known in the music world, is bringing his trio with him for a show that promises to give local music aficionados a taste of folk, blues and Americana music, and all for great cause.

Mayo released his first album, “So Far So Good,” out of Nashville in 1981. The album was critically acclaimed by Record World magazine and culminated a six-year apprenticeship in Los Angeles and Nashville. Since then, Mayo has released 11 albums on the indie label, Thunder Road Music. His most recent CD, “Chasing the Chord” was released in 2016 and is a blend of folk, blues and Americana, rich with vivid characters and editorial comments on societal issues. Mayo has also performed as an opening act, host or shared the bill with numerous musicians including but not limited to Eric Andersen, Eric Bibb, Rory Block, The Burn Sisters, Jen Chapin, Guy Davis, Bill Morrissey, David Olney and slide guitarist Roy Rogers.

Professor Mayo was once a GCC ‘office neighbor’ with Derek Maxfield, professor of history at GCC’s Batavia Campus. Their collegial conversations lead to a number of dynamic opportunities through the years, to share the new music and support the experiential learning for their students.

“Educational spring breaks are an important facet to the student experience and to learning outcomes. As students see these historic places for themselves outside of a classroom, they come away with a new appreciation for the problems, opportunities and even mistakes made by people in the past. They also learn about themselves, the world around them, and often, they make life-long friendships,” Maxfield said. “It is an honor that my former colleague and continued friend, Frank or Sonny Mayo, is willing to share an evening of music for such a worthy cause.”

Advance tickets are encouraged by contacting Derek Maxfield, GCC’s associate professor of History and History Club advisor, or Marie Kochmanski, clerk-typist in the second floor Humanities Suite Room B259 or Michelle Forster, secretary in the third floor GCC Human Communication and Behavior Suite Room B359. Presale tickets are $18 for adults and $20 at the door. GCC students and children under 12 are $10.

For more information or to purchase tickets, email Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288.

Special Exhibit and Lecture to Illustrate Victorian Fascination with Death

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Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer of the Morgan-Manning House and Sue Savard of the Emily L. Knapp Museum and Library of Local History holding artifacts from exhibit.

GCC Students to Guest Curate Special Halloween Victorian Deathways Exhibit at Morgan-Manning House

Batavia, New York – Applied learning projects are a critical component to the educational experience at Genesee Community College, and GCC professors look for engaging opportunities to enhance their curriculum and the learning outcomes for their students. Projects that reinforce a positive citizenship, an appreciation of history and community, and support local resources and civic treasures are ideal. And projects that do all of that plus celebrate a popular holiday are nearly a dream come true.

Welcome to the special exhibition entitled, “Changing Victorian Deathways in the 19th Century” in the Red Parlor of the Morgan-Manning House at 151 Main Street in Brockport, New York. The three-day exhibition is scheduled Monday through Wednesday, October 28, 29 and 30, 2019, from 6 – 8 p.m. There will also be a special lecture on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m., “Dying on Script: Changing Victorian Deathways in the 19th Century,” by Derek Maxfield, GCC professor of history who is also a member of the Morgan-Manning House Board of Trustees.

Approximately 25 GCC students from a variety of academic programs are participating in the project by researching specific historic museum artifacts, developing detailed descriptions, and helping to curate the exhibition in preparation for the three-day event. The students are also learning the history of Morgan-Manning House, which was built in 1854, fully restored in 1965 and placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1991.

The exhibit is a collaborative effort involving not only GCC, but other museums and historical societies including the Waterloo Library and Historical Society, Emily L. Knapp Museum and Library of Local History in Brockport, and the Town of Bergen History Department. Retired Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin will also generously lend items from his private collection.  Among the related artifacts that will be on loan include mourning apparel, jewelry, hair wreaths and accessories and even a 1890’s glass encased child’s casket from the Waterloo Library and Museum, which has an interesting history all its own.

“Victorian society had rules about everything, and one of the most fascinating aspects about their culture was the manner in which people were put to rest,” Professor Maxfield said. “The students are not only learning about this history, but they are experiencing how exhibits are coordinated, how nonprofit organizations support one another, how to use a popular holiday today to celebrate the past, and perhaps most importantly, how important volunteerism is to community groups.”

Admittance into the Morgan-Manning House is free, but donations are encouraged. No tickets are necessary.

For more information, email Prof. Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288 or  Marketing Communications Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or email:

“Conversations on Victorian Chemistry” at Morgan-Manning House

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Dimitri Mendeleev

BROCKPORTThe Victorian era was rich with chemical discoveries, not least of which was the development of the iconic periodic table. In this program, we will hear from Dimitri Mendeleev, the chemist recognized as the father of periodic law, and Marie Curie, who discovered two new elements and devoted her life to the study of radioactivity, a concept wholeheartedly rejected by Mendeleev.

Professors Bob LeSuer and Carly Reed from SUNY Brockport will present this fascinating program on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport, NY.  There is no admission charge, though donations are gladly accepted.

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.

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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