MEDINA, NY – Some historical movements and figures are all too often relegated to the long forgotten annals of history. But not at Genesee Community College’s Albion and Medina Campus Centers when the GCC History Club will participate in the Second Annual Orleans County Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (Albion), and Saturday, September 16, 2017 (Medina).
GCC’s Albion Campus Center is featuring an intriguing educational program entitled, “Ancestors, Legends and Lore” on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 AM – 2 PM, that will examine Victorian spiritualism including a re-presentation of a 19th Century parlor séance. Also from 9 AM – 2 PM, volunteers of the Orleans County Genealogical Society will be available to assist individuals with their own genealogical research in a “Genealogy Workshop.” At 11 AM, Associate Professor Derek Maxfield will bring alive a little known movement in 19th century American history in his lecture titled, “Victorian Spiritualism.”
GCC’s Medina Campus Center will enliven our educational spirits with a program theme called, “Epochs in Orleans” on Saturday, Sept . 16, from 9 AM – 4 PM. Guests will be able to converse with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Abraham Lincoln and other historical impressionists from bygone eras in American history. There will be several historical lectures throughout the day for the academically inclined including Dr. Melinda Grube’s lecture entitled, "Beyond Suffrage: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Conflict and Controversy in the Women's Rights Movement," at 10 AM. Like the Albion Campus Center, the Genealogy Society will be providing a workshop from 9 AM – 4 PM.
Making a special appearance at Epochs at GCC Medina this year will be Dave Ruch in concert. A teaching artist and gifted musician, Ruch will perform a program entitled, “The War of 1812: Songs and Stories from New York and Beyond” on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1:00 PM. Ruch is a public scholar with the New York Council for the Humanities, and travels extensively to share his specialty in historical and traditional music. From Erie Canal songs to Adirondack ballads, Native American chants to Great Lake ditties—he delights audiences of all ages and embraces much of New York’s forgotten music that was born in farms, battlefields and lumber camps through the millennium.
All events held at GCC in Albion and Medina are FREE and open to the public.
Beyond the Medina and Albion Campus Centers, the Second Annual Orleans County Heritage Festival offers a variety of events throughout the region from Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 17. Like last year, there will be an array of fun and exciting opportunities to spotlight and celebrate historical people, places and spaces that abound in Orleans County. The kick-off event at historic Forrestel Farms in West Shelby on Friday, September 8, 6 – 9 PM celebrates our local heritage with a barn dance featuring live music by City Fiddle, food and beverages, and guided tours of the 1825 farm’s unique artifacts and landscape.
The Orleans County Heritage Festival offers the occasion to highlight other important anniversaries including the 100th anniversary of New York State granting women the right to vote, and the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.
For the full Orleans County Heritage Festival calendar of events, including those events happening at Genesee Community College’s campus centers, go to: https://orleansnyheritage.wordpress.com/ or visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/OrleansCountyNYHeritageFestival/.
The Medina Campus Center is located at 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina. 585-798-1688.
The Albion Campus Center is located at 456 West Avenue, Albion. 585-589-4936.