“Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson: A Secret Correspondence”

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Arguably the most fascinating friendship in early America was between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  Partners in declaring independence, the pair would become like brothers while on assignment in Europe.  But the strain of political discord and partisan strife would first stretch and finally break the bonds first forged in Philadelphia.  Only after both men were retired to their beloved homes, Adams at Peacefield in Quincy, MA, and Jefferson at Monticello in Charlottesville, VA, would the friendship be renewed.  But a decade would pass in which the men did not meet nor correspond with each other.  There was, however, a brief correspondence that passed between those locations in those silent years involving Thomas Jefferson and an Adams – Abigail, wife of the second president.

Unbeknownst to her husband, Abigail Adams initiated a correspondence with Jefferson in 1804 after the death of the Virginian’s youngest daughter Mary, often called Polly.  Back…

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Sonny Mayo Concert a Hit!

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BATAVIA – Singer-songwriter Sonny Mayo played last night at the Stuart Steiner Theater at GCC in a concert to benefit the GCC History Club.  Concert-goers were delighted with the mix of tunes, both old and new.  Many songs were featured on Sonny’s newest album “Chasing the Chord.”

Sponsored by CY Farms, all proceeds from the concert benefit the GCC History Club which plans to use the funds toward a trip over Spring Break in March.

An Evening with Sonny Mayo – SATURDAY, 2/11

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Don’t forget that the GCC History Club fundraiser – An Evening with Sonny Mayo – is THIS SATURDAY, 2/11, beginning at 7:30 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theater.  Tickets will be available at the door.  GCC students and children under 12 are $5.00.  All others are $12.00.  If you have already reserved tickets, those will be available at the RESERVE table.

Anyone with questions may contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or by calling 585-343-0055 ext. 6288.

 

“A Revolutionary Friendship”leads off lecture series on February 1st

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The Historical Horizons Lecture Series, sponsored by the GCC History Club, launches it’s Spring line up of speaks on Wednesday, Feb. 1st with Prof. Derek Maxfield who will present “Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Friendship” at 7:00 PM at Genesee Community College’s Batavia campus in room T102 of the Conable Technology Bldg.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

Maxfield will illustrate the tight friendship between Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and discuss the evolution of that bond, and how it was sorely tested during a time of intense partisanship.  Once both men had retired from public life, the friendship was renewed.  It is a touching story.  Come hear all the details of this remarkable story.

Anyone with questions may contact Prof. Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or go to https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/ for the full schedule of lectures.

 

Spring 2017 Historical Horizons Lecture Series Line-up

The GCC History Club is proud to announce the line-up for the Spring 2017 Historical Horizons Lecture Series.  As always, the lectures are FREE and open to the public.

Feb. 1st               

“Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Friendship”              

-Derek Maxfield, Assoc. Professor of History, GCC

Two of the most important men in American History are John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  From the time they met in Philadelphia in 1775 until their deaths in 1826, these two men had a most fascinating relationship; much of the time it was one of admiration and love, but it was interrupted by a period of intense partisan strife that nearly ended the friendship.  Come hear the intriguing story of how the friendship was restored.

March 8th

Wilsonian Diplomacy at a Crossroads—1917: Missionaries of Democracy or Merchants of Death”

-Garth Swanson, Professor of History, GCC

 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.  In his presentation, Professor Garth Swanson takes a fresh look at the events that brought about the nation’s engagement in the war. The lecture will focus on the complex domestic and diplomatic issues that challenged Woodrow Wilson’s internationalist vision of a new world order.

 April 5th

“Standing in the shadow of a giant: The life and labors of Col. Charles Marshall of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Staff”

-Henry Pogodzinski, retired teacher & re-enactor

Most known as a Confederate aide de camp and assistant adjutant general to Gen. Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, Col. Charles Marshall is a fascinating figure.  But most people don’t know that Marshall was a one-time professor of mathematics at Indiana University and a successful attorney.  Come learn more about the man who penned Gen. Lee’s famous farewell address.

May 3rd

“The American Flag: The History, the Facts and the Myths”

-George McCaughey, retired social studies teacher

No, Betsy Ross did not design the first American flag.  Like the story of Washington and the cherry tree, the quaint old story of the flag is myth.  In fact, there is much about the American flag, its design and evolution that is interesting.  This lecture will explore that compelling story.

 

All events are in room T102 of the Conable Technology Bldg. and begin at 7:00 PM.

 

Give Concert Tix!

Looking to complete your holiday shopping?  The GCC History Club has a great idea.  Give Sonny Mayo concert tickets!  That way you tick off another name from your shopping list, while at the same time supporting a great cause.

The benefit concert featuring BMI singer-songwriter Sonny Mayo is February 11th at 7:30 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Mayo’s most recent CD, “Chasing the Chord,” is a blend of Folk, Blues and Americana, rich with vivid characters and editorial comments on societal issues.

Sponsored by CY Farms, all concert proceeds are to benefit the GCC History Club, which is hoping to make a spring journey to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA.

Tickets are available presale from Derek Maxfield, Associate Professor of History and History Club advisor, or any club member.  Presale tickets are $10 for adults or $5.00 for GCC students and children under 12.  Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $12.00.

For more information or to obtain tickets e-mail Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288.

GCC Solicits Nominations for Fourth Annual Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards

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2016 Orleans County Heritage Heroes Award winners

 

 

Batavia, New York — Now in its fourth year, Genesee Community College and the Orleans Hub are proud to continue the Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards which recognize the dedication and hard work of dedicated citizens who strive to protect and preserve local history. They are now seeking nominations for the awards. Nominations will be accepted through February 17, 2017.

“The people of Orleans County are remarkable for the great pride they have in their heritage,” said Jim Simon, associate dean of GCC’s Orleans County Campus Centers in Medina and Albion. “For our fourth consecutive year, we want to continue to recognize the time and investment of individuals who are tireless advocates for local history.”

Nominees for Heritage Heroes Awards 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 committees. Nominees must be Orleans County residents.

Three winners were honored last year including Tim Archer, Margaret Wiley and Al Capurso (see provided photo). Because nominations are not retained for future consideration, nominees not selected to receive awards in previous years are encouraged to re-submit a nomination again for this coming year.

In addition to the three Heritage Heroes, two others were honored at the 2016 awards ceremony.  Delia Robinson was the recipient of the Robert A. Waters Award for Lifetime Achievement and Melissa Ierlan was presented the C.W. “Bill” Lattin Award for Excellence in Municipal History.

“Many residents from all over the county work hard on restoring historic houses and protecting other community assets, including museums and churches,” said Tom Rivers, Orleans Hub editor. “The dedicated people working to preserve these treasures deserve praise for adding to the quality of life and character of our community.”

To nominate someone for the Heritage Heroes Awards, write up a brief statement outlining the person’s contributions, projects and community affiliations. Anyone sending in a nomination should provide their name (anonymous nomination packages will not be accepted), address, phone number and email address. The more in-depth the detail provided in the nomination, the stronger the submission. Submit the nomination to:

ATTENTION: Heritage Heroes Committee

Genesee Community College / Medina Campus Center

11470 Maple Ridge Rd.
Medina, NY 14103-9675

Nominations may also be emailed to 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, Associate Professor Derek Maxfield and Orleans Hub Editor Tom Rivers will choose the Heritage Heroes.

“I cannot tell you how proud I am of the Heritage Heroes Awards,” Prof. Maxfield exclaimed, “The awards ceremony is the highlight of my year.  Recognizing real life heroes – unsung heroes – who work so hard to make sure local history survives into the next generations is vitally important.”

The Heritage Heroes will be recognized during a ceremony at Genesee Community College in Medina in April 2017.

Sonny Mayo concert slated to benefit GCC History Club

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BATAVIA – A benefit concert featuring BMI singer-songwriter Sonny Mayo is just announced for February 11th at 7:30 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College in Batavia.

Sponsored by CY Farms, all concert proceeds are to benefit the GCC History Club, which is hoping to make a spring journey to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA.

“An Evening with Sonny Mayo” will feature music from Mayo’s newest CD “Chasing the Chord” – which will be available for sale in the lobby outside the theater.

Sonny Mayo released his first album, “So Far So Good,” out of Nashville in 1981 – which was critically acclaimed by “Record World” magazine and culminated a six-year apprenticeship in Los Angeles & Nashville.  Since then, Mayo has released 11 albums on the indie label, Thunder Road Music all the while maintaining a distinguished career as a college professor! Mayo’s most recent CD, “Chasing the Chord,” is a blend of Folk, Blues and Americana, rich with vivid characters and editorial comments on societal issues.

Tickets are available presale from Derek Maxfield, Associate Professor of History and History Club advisor, or any club member.  Presale tickets are $10 for adults or $5.00 for GCC students and children under 12.  Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $12.00.

For more information or to obtain tickets e-mail Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288.

GCC Celebrates NYS History Month with Genesee County Heritage Fair

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Batavia, NY– November is New York State History Month and to honor the occasion, the Genesee County Federation of Historical Agencies and the Genesee Community College History Club are sponsoring a Genesee County Heritage Fair in the William W. Stuart Forum at GCC on November 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With the 2016 presidential election just days later on November 8th, the theme of the heritage fair will be presidential elections. Museums and historical agencies from all over Genesee County will set up booths for visitors to explore. Many will feature presidential memorabilia. In addition, there will be local history books on sale, craft demonstrations, historical impressionists and much more.

In keeping with the presidential theme, local schools will participate through two special contests.  Elementary school students will be asked to draw portraits of their favorite president. Junior and senior high students will be asked to write short essays. Winners of both contests will be announced at the event. Additionally, event organizers are asking the community at-large to vote on their top ten favorite presidents by completing the online survey available at this link.  https://surveyplanet.com/57fe980f5820315e61af75c7. The results will be tallied up and shared at the end of the Heritage Fair.

“During the most contentious election process of modern times, the organizers of the Genesee County Heritage Fair are excited to fuse some of our nation’s presidential election history with the current and lately, contentious topic,” Derek Maxfield, said associate professor of history at GCC, advisor to the College’s History Club and a member of the planning committee. “Through the various displays and history initiatives, we hope to remind everyone how important voting is to preserving our democracy.”

New York State History Month was created by the New York State legislature in 1997 and represents an opportunity for historians to assert the vital importance of preserving and learning about our state’s history. It is also a time to engage with the public through programs and learning opportunities about the history of New York State and the ways in which we can help preserve our history.

Further information on New York State History Month can be found at http://files.ctctcdn.com/9499bee6001/9e234d9f-c057-4176-a9da-d7e98c2cc00c.pdf

For more information on the GCC History Club, visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.