Lima, New York- As part of its continuing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Genesee Community College campus center at Lima is hosting an exhibition of 19th century newspapers. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal hours of operation for the fall semester.
The collection is on loan from GCC English Instructor John Molyneux, who deeply appreciates how these fragile old documents can make history come to life. "When you read how folks in Rochester -- people from around here -- responded to Lincoln's election," Molyneux explained, "it is almost eerie. It makes your hair stand on end."
Among the newspapers on display are the Daily National Intelligencer from Washington, DC, Poulson's American Daily Advertiser from Philadelphia, the Boston Patriot, the New York Tribune, and even The Scotsman - of Edinburgh Scotland - which features an ad recruiting men to join the "First City of Edinburgh Rifles, Volunteers Corps" to serve in the American Civil War. A particular gem on display is the National Anti-Slavery Standard, from New York and dated 1856, which features the headline, "The Time for Secession is Fixed."
This exhibit is part of the Lima Campus Center’s Civil War Initiative (CWI), a multi-year program for community members to learn about and commemorate the rich history of the American Civil War. The CWI will provide several opportunities throughout the year to discover the history of the Civil War through lectures, movies and other activities that will lead up to a Civil War reenactment. The upcoming lectures include:
•“Exploring the Literary ‘Lived Experience’ of the Civil War” on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 7:00 p.m. Speaker: Norm Gayford, GCC Professor of English
•“Women and the Civil War” Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Terrianne Schulte, Asst. Professor of History, D’Youville College
The Lima Campus Center is located at 7285 Gale Road Lima, NY 14485 just 1 mile north of Lima on Route 15A. For further information please contact the Lima Campus Center at 585-582-1226 or visit www.genesee.edu/Lima.
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