“Epochs in Orleans” Timeline Festival is Saturday, 9/15

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ALBION – Come out on Saturday, Sept. 15th for the “Epochs in Orleans” Timeline Festival at the West Park in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, featuring a walk through history – from First Lady Abigail Adams and President James Polk to Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.  The daylong event runs 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  There will also be cemetery tours with Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  Stick around for special presentations at 11:00 AM with Ed Broadbeck as Lt. Gen. U.S. Grant, 1:00 PM with Melinda Grube as First Lady Abigail Adams, and 3:00 PM Albert McFadyen as President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The event at Mt. Albion is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the GCC History Club, the timeline festival is a part of the 2018 Orleans County Heritage Festival – a 10 day celebration of heritage and local history.  For the full schedule of events, go to: https://orleansnyheritage.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/2018-schedule-of-events/.

 

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Kick-off party for 2018 Orleans County Heritage Festival TONIGHT (9/7)

CLARENDON – The 2018 Orleans County Heritage Festival will kick-off tonight at a launch party featuring live music, local wines and food.  Recording artist Sonny Mayo will perform 6:00-9:00 PM.  The party takes place at the Clarendon Historical Society, 16426 Fourth Section Road, Holley, NY at the intersection of Route 31A and Church Street in Clarendon and is FREE and open to the public.

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Sonny Mayo will perform Sept. 7th at the Clarendon Historical Society

The ten day festival will spotlight local history and heritage with four main themes: Erie Canal, Women’s history, Wildlife & Nature, and Barns/Barn quilts.  For the complete schedule of events, go to: https://orleansnyheritage.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/2018-schedule-of-events/.

 

Get ready for the 2018 Orleans County Heritage Festival

Festival runs Sept. 7-16th

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First Lady Abigail Adams will appear at the Timeline Festival at Mt. Albion Cemetery, Sept. 15th

Have you ever thought that it would be cool to meet President Abraham Lincoln, or maybe first lady Abigail Adams?  Ever wondered about the history of barn quilts or the Erie Canal?  If you are a Civil War buff, maybe you have thought it would be fascinating to be a fly on the wall as you listen to General Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman plotting the demise of the Confederate armies.  If so, the 3rd annual Orleans County Heritage Festival is just for you!  All of your curiosities may be satisfied by taking advantage of 10 days of heritage events.

                The 3rd annual Orleans County Heritage Festival runs Sept. 7-16th this year and features 10 days of fascinating, entertaining, and educational events – most of which are free.  You don’t have to be a resident of Orleans County to appreciate, or enjoy, this year’s calendar of events.  Organizers chose to focus on four themes this year: the Erie Canal, historic women, barns/barn quilts, and nature/wildlife.

The festival kick-off event is on Sept. 7th at the Clarendon Historical Society, Clarendon, from 6:00-9:00 PM.  There will be live music featuring recording artist Sonny Mayo, food, local wines and more.  At the same location the following day, Saturday, Sept. 8th, there will be a Civil War encampment and at 2:00 PM the world premiere of the two-man show “Now we stand by each other always.”  The play features a conversation between Civil War commanders Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Major Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman.  Based on a March 1865 discussion between the men at City Point, Virginia, where Grant made his headquarters, the play will be performed by Genesee Community College professors Tracy Ford (as Sherman) and Derek Maxfield (as Grant).  This free event is outdoors, weather-permitting; lawn chairs are suggested.

                On Sunday, Sept. 9th, the Cobblestone Museum in Albion will host Elizabeth Cady Stanton, portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube, for a 1:00 PM presentation.  The Cobblestone complex will be open for tours as well.  Later that day, the Hoag Library in Albion will host a genealogy workshop presentation by Dee Robinson, retired Town of Gaines historian, at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Grube will also appear at 7:00 PM on Monday, Sept. 10th at the Hoag Library for a women’s history program entitled “Justifying Suffrage: From Mothers of the Republic to Angels of the Home.”  Even before the patriots of 1776 first proclaimed that “all men are created equal”, Americans struggled to define women’s proper role. Are women included among the equal “men” of this nation? Are women citizens? Are they persons?  Join Dr. Grube as she examines the issues.

Hurd Orchards in Holley hosts a unique presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 12th, titled, “Song of an Orchardist” including lunch and lyric music in the Hurd Orchard barn. There will be poems from Monty Mason’s Song of an Orchardist book too (19th century fruit grower from Albion).  The 12:30 – 2 PM event requires reservations, so book early.

Two great events are slated for Friday, Sept. 14th.  The first will be hosted by the Lyndonville Central School  who will feature a concert focusing on the songs of the Erie Canal by the Lyndonville 5th-6th grade Summer Music Camp students at 1:00 PM.  That evening, the Orleans County Daughters of the American Revolution in Albion will host Dr. Terrianne Schulte, of D’Youville College, for her presentation “We Have to Create a National Debate, Community by Community…”:  Women Trailblazers in Environmental Reform.  Throughout the twentieth century, women have played important leadership roles in environmental preservation and restoration, often by educating the public regarding complex environmental issues to encourage grassroots activism.  The event is free and open to the public.

Come out on Saturday, Sept. 15th for the “Epochs in Orleans” Timeline Festival at the West Park in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, featuring a walk through history – from First Lady Abigail Adams and President James Polk to Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.  The daylong event runs 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  There will also be cemetery tours with Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  Stick around for special presentations at 11:00 AM with Derek Maxfield as Lt. Gen. U.S. Grant, 1:00 PM with Melinda Grube as First Lady Abigail Adams, and 3:00 PM Albert McFadyen as President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The event at Mt. Albion is free and open to the public.

Also on Saturday, at 7:00 PM, Kendall Central School District will feature movie director Julianne Donofrio and her film, “Pieced Together” – a moving documentary about the Barn Quilt Trail which began in Ohio and influential in our own Barn Quilt Trail that was started in Kendall.

There are many other great events over the ten day festival.  For the full schedule of events, visit: https://orleansnyheritage.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/2018-schedule-of-events/.  Folks with questions may contact Prof. Derek Maxfield, one of the festival organizers,  at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

World premiere of “Now we stand by each other always” on Sept. 8th

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Derek Maxfield as Lt. Gen. U.S. Grant and Tracy Ford as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman

Mark your calendars now for the world premiere of the two man show “Now we stand by each other always” on Sept. 8th at 2:00 PM at the Clarendon Historical Society, Rt. 31A, Clarendon, NY.  The performance is outdoors (weather permitting) and lawn chairs are welcome.  It is free and open to the public.

Developed by Rudely Stamp’d, an amateur theater group created by GCC professors Tracy Ford and Derek Maxfield, the show features Civil War generals U.S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman having a conversation in March 1865 at City Point,VA, about how to close out the war.

The free show is part of the 2018 Orleans County Heritage Festival, which features a wide variety of heritage-focused events from Sept. 7-15th.  For the complete schedule of events, go to: https://orleansnyheritage.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/2018-schedule-of-events/.

After the first performance, Rudely Stamp’d is taking the show on the road – literally.  With dates already lined up at other venues across Western New York, they hope to perform for schools, Civil War round tables and other organizations interested in the history of the war.  For more information or to book a performance, check out the Rudely Stamp’d website: https://rudelystampd.wordpress.com/ or contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

 

 

Fall 2018 Historical Horizons Lecture Series line-up announced

BATAVIA, NY (08/01/2018) The History Club at Genesee Community College invites everyone to the Batavia campus on the first Wednesday evening of every month this fall to witness the Historical Horizons Lecture Series.

The Fall 2018 line-up kicks off on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. with “The Jewels of War: Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan and the Battle of Antietam” presented by the author of Shepardstown in the Civil War, Kevin R. Pawlak. The Battle of Antietam is America’s bloodiest single day. In totality, twelve hours of fighting on September 17, 1862 left approximately 23,000 casualties. During this lecture, Pawlak will assess the dramatic events of the battle from the unique perspective of the commanders on the field.

Then, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. Pulitzer Prize winning professor of history from New York University, Steven Hahn will discuss his latest book A Nation Without Borders. This is an important reinterpretation of 19th Century America-a kind of coming-of-age story especially significant for its contribution to the scholarship on the Civil War period.

“A massive and masterly account of America’s political and economic transformation between 1830 and 1910 . . . Hahn describes his book as telling ‘a familiar story in an unfamiliar way.’ It is much more than that. Attempting a synthesis of a century’s worth of American history is a daunting task. Writing one as provocative and learned . . . as this one is a triumph, nothing less.” – David Oshinsky, The Washington Post

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. David A. Bell, Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Department of History at Princeton University, will present on his latest book Napoleon: A Concise Biography. In this work Bell emphasizes the astonishing sense of human possibility – for both good and ill – that Napoleon represented. By his late twenties, Napoleon was already one of the greatest generals in European history. At thirty, he had become absolute master of Europe’s most powerful country. In his early forties, he ruled a European empire more powerful than any since Rome, fighting wars that changed the shape of the continent and brought death to millions. Then everything collapsed, leading him to spend his last years in miserable exile in the South Atlantic.

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. in a unique presentation, GCC professors Derek Maxfield and Tracy Ford will present “Now we stand by each other always” – an engaging conversation between Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. The two-man play is based on historic resources and references. Together, they recount the important meeting and conversation held at City Point, Virginia in March 1865 when the two Union generals discuss the campaigns in Georgia and the Carolinas and consider how to close out the Civil War.

All lectures in this series begin at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at dddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288.

The Grant-Sherman campaign invades City Point

Check out Grant and Sherman’s latest adventure.

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IMG_3588 Gen. Grant and Gen. Sherman at City Point, Virginia

CITY POINT, VIRGINIA – Generals U.S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, as portrayed by GCC professors Derek Maxfield and Tracy Ford, fresh off the brutal spring campaign, set off on a fresh campaign to visit historic sites tied to Grant and/or Sherman on a tour that would take them to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

IMG_3405 Gen. Sherman at the Sherman House in Lancaster, Ohio

Beginning at the Sherman House in Lancaster, OH, Sherman visited the site where he was born and reminisced with staff about his life prior to fame.  A poignant story, marked by the loss of his father at age nine, Sherman would be adopted by Thomas Ewing – a friend of his father Charles Sherman, and he would move up the hill to the Ewing mansion.  A one-time Senator and Secretary of the Treasury, Ewing would arrange…

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Maxfield Lecture in Elmira to spotlight Civil War ancestors

Civil War Lecture at Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira

“Ancestors in Peace and in Pieces,” Derek D. Maxfield, Genesee Community College
May 3  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Prof. Derek Maxfield will discuss the stories of his six great-grandfathers who served in the Civil War – all of whom wore blue. Four would survive and two would perish. But those who survived were far from well, and would struggle for the rest of their lives either physically, mentally, or emotionally. Their stories, while varied, are compelling and tell us much about what soldiers from New York and Pennsylvania experienced and how they made sense of their experiences after the war.

 

All programs are free and open to the public and take place at CCHS,
415 E. Water St., Elmira. Call 607-734-4167 ext. 205 for more information
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2018 Orleans County Heritage Heroes Revealed

Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2018 at GCC’s Albion Campus Center

Albion, NY – The Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards recognize the work and dedication of those who give their time and resources to preserve and protect the history of Orleans County for future generations.

The Heritage Heroes Awards will be bestowed upon the 2018 winners at a special ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Genesee Community College’s Albion Campus Center in Albion, NY. The awards are co-sponsored by SUNY GCC and the Orleans Hub. The entire community is invited to come and help honor these important individuals.

“The Heritage Heroes Awards serve not only to honor deserving community members and thank them for their invaluable efforts, but to remind us all that the responsibility of preserving our heritage is incumbent upon the living generations,” says Derek Maxfield, associate professor of history at GCC and member of the Heritage Heroes executive committee. “It is an important undertaking that we all should share in.”

The 2018 Orleans County Heritage Heroes are:

Aaron Grabowski

Organist and director of Music at St. Mary’s Church in Medina, Aaron Grabowski has always had a passion for making music. However, Grabowski is more than a musician, he also builds organs. Prior to moving to Medina, he acquired a circa 1890s Barkhoff pipe organ, which was originally installed in Annunciation RC Church in Buffalo, built just a few years before St. Mary’s. When he joined St. Mary’s Church, it was evident to him that the church’s ailing electronic organ needed to be replaced.  Although the original pipe organ was removed from the balcony many years ago, the organ facade (consisting of exposed pipes and oak millwork) remained intact. Upon inspection of the organ loft, Grabowski knew a proper pipe organ, befitting of the church’s history and space could be installed. Grabowski and several other interested parishioners worked together and decided he would install his Barkhoff organ in at St. Mary’s, and do the work himself!  The Barkhoff was a perfect fit, given its age (built within a decade of St. Mary’s), classical voicing and having been designed by the same architect, Albert A Post. Grabowski’s dedication and hard work will fill the nave of St. Mary’s for generations to come.

Diane Palmer

Diane Palmer has always been a historian at heart and has long lent her talents and dedicated her time serving the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Cobblestone Society & Museum. Currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Cobblestone Society & Museum, Palmer recently coordinated two very successful historic tours – one of Cobblestone homes and the other a holiday tour of prominent local homes and churches. The December 2017 Holiday Tour included eight historical sites in Orleans County: the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, the Orleans Chapter DAR House and six residences entailing architecture ranging from Greek and Gothic Revival to Cobblestone.

Arthur Barnes

Noted local artist for over 30 years and constant advocate for the community, Arthur Barnes uses his artwork to celebrate Orleans County and its rich history. Barnes created a series of four large-scale murals depicting the Erie Canal which can be enjoyed in Medina, Knowlesville, Albion and Holley. Both a photographer and artist, Barnes highlights local tourism landmarks, such as the County Courthouse, the Culvert in Ridgeway and Mount Albion Tower. However, most of his work pays homage to the houses, barns and beautiful rural landscape of the area. These pieces serve to document Orleans County history as several of the houses and barns in his paintings are no longer standing. In 2000, Barnes bought a cobblestone building in Millville originally built as a Quaker meeting house in 1841. Barnes has repaired the roof and spent countless hours on additional improvements to spare what would have been an inevitable collapse of the building.

Roy Bubb

Teacher and historian, Roy Bubb added author to his resume when he penned Memories of Manning Corners: History of the Bubb Family and its Neighborhood 1931-1942, which is a retrospective on growing up in Orleans County. In 1986, Bubb retired from The SUNY College of Brockport after 25 years of service providing the best possible learning environment to future educators. In the late ‘60s, Bubb co-created a simulation program that received recognition from the National College Association. Since then, Bubb has published nearly a half dozen books including his 2017 work, The Family Scrapbook, An Era in Clarendon and Holley-Murray’s History. Proceeds from Bubb’s many works benefit both the Madison Historical Society in Madison, NH, and the Clarendon Historical Society in Clarendon, NY.

Receiving the Bill Latin Municipal Historian Award – Lysbeth “Betsy” Hoffman

Since 1980, Lysbeth “Betsy” Hoffman has served her community researching information, collecting names and dates, archiving and cataloging, and writing as the Town of Carlton Historian. Former Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin knew Hoffman as an invaluable resource, one who would always have the answer. For many years Hoffman was a regular columnist for the Medina Journal-Register reporting the “goings on” in Lakeside. She developed special displays in the Carlton Town Hall and was an avid collector of archival material that continues to aid and educate future generations.

Receiving the Bob Waters Lifetime Achievement Award – Marsha DeFillips

One of the longest servicing municipal historians in Orleans County, Marsha DeFillips has been the Holley-Murray Town historian for over 40 years. Very active in the Holley-Murray Historical Society, DeFillips was influential in establishing the Murray-Holley Historical Society Museum in the old train depot and has led multiple talks and workshops and helped many residents trace their own familial roots. Recently DeFillips teamed with Melissa Ierlan to present “Digging up your ancestors online” which is a public workshop designed to encourage and guide individuals down their own genealogy path. One of the signature accomplishments during her term as town historian has been her creation of an Index of personal names in Landmarks of Orleans County. To do this, DeFillips spent many months combing through and extracting every name mentioned in Isaac Signor’s 1894 publication, developing a permanent record of history.

The award ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. will be held in GCC’s Albion Campus Center located at 456 West Avenue, Albion, NY 14411. The event is free to attend and open to the public, but seating is limited. A reception will follow the ceremony featuring light refreshments.

For more information on the awards or the ceremony, contact Jim Simon at jsimon@genesee.edu (link sends e-mail) or Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu (link sends e-mail) or by calling the Albion Campus Center at 585-589-4936.

Lecture to examine Trail of Tears

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GCC adjunct professor Danny Hamner

Genesee Community College’s History Club presents GCC adjunct professor Danny Hamner to discuss “The Removal Crisis of 1832: How Nationalism, Political Ambition and the Electoral College Shaped the Trail of Tears.” This presentation, part of the Historical Horizon’s Lecture Series, will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in room T102 if the Conable Technology Building at the Batavia campus.

Hamner will discuss how the “Trail of Tears” is often remembered as the inevitable tragedy of an indigenous people swept aside by the rising forces of modern America. While there certainly were large historical forces transforming America in the early 19th century, the removal crises of the period were ultimately shaped by the personalities, politics and needs of the movement. The mix of personal ambitions and zealous nationalism linked the destiny of the Cherokee Nation to Henry Clay’s presidential aspirations with catastrophic but not inevitable results.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

For further information contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288.

GCC’s History Club Hosts Warren Skye in Albion

“Indigenous Peoples: Echoes of History and Culture”

BATAVIA, NY (03/21/2018) Albion, NY– Genesee Community College’s History Club welcomes Warren Skye, an Outreach Specialist for the Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) and a member of the Deer Clan from the Tonawanda Seneca Nation on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the GCC’s Albion Campus Center.

The History Club would like to invite the entire community to join us at the Campus Center located at 456 West Avenue in Albion. This event is free and open to the public.

Skye will present “Indigenous Peoples: Echoes of History and Culture” as part of GCC’s Historical Horizons Lectures Series.

Skye has extensive experience in higher education as a full-time faculty member with three Western NY colleges. With his passion and his expertise in the areas of social work practice, cultural competency and indigenous issues, Skye is shining light on the experiences of indigenous peoples in the region.

Skye’s talk will focus on the historical and cultural experiences of indigenous peoples from the Colonial period to the present with an emphasis on the Iroquois Confederacy and how listeners might consider placing themselves in the footsteps of native tribal men and women.

For further information visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com (link is external) or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616 or via email at dsutherland@genesee.edu.