Civil War Lecture Series at GCC Lima- 'Women and the Civil War'

What:Civil War Lecture Series at GCC Lima - “Women and the Civil War” When:Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:00pm Where:Genesee Community College at Lima              7285 Gale Road Lima, NY 14485 Who:All history enthusiasts BACKGROUND: While continuing its commitment to educate students and the surrounding communities, Genesee Community College’s Lima Campus Center will host the Civil War lecture “Women and the Civil War.

What:Civil War Lecture Series at GCC Lima - “Women and the Civil War”

When:Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:00pm

Where:Genesee Community College at Lima
             7285 Gale Road Lima, NY 14485

Who:All history enthusiasts

BACKGROUND:
While continuing its commitment to educate students and the surrounding communities, Genesee Community College’s Lima Campus Center will host the Civil War lecture “Women and the Civil War.” This lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. and will be led by Dr. Terrianne Schulte, assistant professor of History at D’Youville College.

Lecture abstract:
In observing the anniversary of the Civil War, much time and attention will be spent considering the battles and leaders of that terrible conflict. All too often, however, the role of women - North and South - is overlooked. Women were far from passive as the country turned to smoke and flame. They were active participants that not only affected when and where the conflict was fought, but continually applied political pressure on both governments. During and after battles women scoured the battlefields for husbands, brothers, and sons. Scores of women volunteered as nurses to comfort the wounded and dying. Some even fought in the battles disguised as men. Some historians have even argued that when Southern women lost the will to fight for independence, their husbands were influenced by this and Confederate hopes began to disappear.

This is the fourth and final lecture for the fall semester in 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 spring semester will bring another series of dynamic lectures about the 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. Led by GCC instructor of History, Derek Maxfield, the CWI is a great opportunity for community members to find out more about the vibrant history of the Civil War.

For further information please contact the Lima Campus Center at 585-582-1226.

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