Letter-Readings and Photos Bring 1800s Love to Life

Spring 2020 GCC’s Historical Horizons Lecture Series Events are Announced

Batavia, New York - The Genesee Community College History Club is excited to announce the Spring 2020 Historical Horizons Lecture Series line-up full of live readings and events that will transport audiences to another place and time. The entire community is invited to GCC’s Batavia Campus on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. to hear Sharon and Don Burkel present “The Angel and the Warrior: The Story of Emily and General Upton.”

The program focuses on the brief love story of Emily Norwood Martin and General Emory Upton between 1866 and 1870. General Upton, who is seen as the epitome of a military officer, will surprise the audience with his fervent devotion to a sheltered, religious young lady from Auburn, New York.

Through the reading of their personal letters and sharing original photos, their tragic story will be told.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building and is free and open to the public.

The Historical Horizons Lecture series will continue with events scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month during the Spring 2020 Semester including:

  • CANCELLED - Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m.: “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Eric Foner of Columbia University. This lecture will be based on the book of the same title and will occur in GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.  
  • Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m.: GCC Professor Derek Maxfield will present on his book “Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous POW Camp of the Civil War” which explores this notorious time period in the history of Elmira, NY.

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

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Editor’s Note:

A photograph of General Emory Upton is available at: