GCC History Club Supports Attica Historical Society

ATTICA, NY – In response to the recent flood at the Attica Historical Society Museum, the Genesee Community College History Club is sponsoring a fundraiser on Saturday, May 6th called “Historians for Attica Historical Society,” from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. The event will feature five one-hour history programs. Guests may purchase tickets to individual programs for $5 each or purchase an all-day pass for $20. Young people under 14 get into all programs free.  All proceeds benefit the Attica Historical Society and Museum.


Back in February, Dean June, the president of the society, looked down toward the basement door when he was entering the museum and noticed much water coming from under the door. He pushed it open to find more than two feet of water standing in the basement. He does not know exactly how long it had been like that. The sump pump and other safety mechanisms had failed. As a result, boxes of artifacts including many books were under water. Mold had already set in on the walls and boxes. The society had to discard many artifacts and books that were irreplaceable. Moreover, they had to spend almost $10,000 to clean-up, cut out and replace walls, and to seal the basement.


The day-long event will feature:


9:00-10:00 a.m.           “History and Politics in 140 Characters or Less: Considering Andrew Jackson in the Age of Trump”

                                    Danny Hamner, Adjunct Instructor of History, GCC


10:15-11:15 a.m.         “Upstate New York State Suffragists and Radical Reform”

                                    Melinda Grube, PhD, Adjunct Instructor of History

Cayuga Community College


11:30-12:30 p.m.         Panel discussion: “Living Living History: Becoming Someone Else”

                                    Moderated by Derek Maxfield, Associate Professor of History, GCC

                                    Panel includes: Melinda Grube, who portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton,

                                    Tom Schobert, who portrays Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Al Parker, Great-

                                    Grandnephew and portrayer of Eli Parker, Aide-de-camp of

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant


12:30-1:30 p.m.           LUNCH


1:30-2:30 p.m.             19th century stories and music by David Armitage and Dona LaValle


2:45-3:45 p.m.             Civil War Demo/Lecture


The sounds system for the event is being provided courtesy of Kirk McWhorter of Penny Whiskey.


Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event, which will take place on the lawn of the Attica Historical Society Museum. Pre-sale tickets will be available from the historical society.  To purchase tickets or for more information call (585) 591-2161.For more information about the individual programs, contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu. Parking is available behind the Stevens Memorial Library, at the historical society or in the Presbyterian Church parking lot across the street.

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Editor’s Note:

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Caption for photo:  GCC Associate Professor of History and History Club Advisor Derek Maxfield presents a $250 donation check on behalf of the History Club to Attica Historical Society President Dean June.