Civil War Initiatives Continue at the GCC/Lima With Spring Lecture Series, Essay Contest and Re-enactment

The Lima Campus Center of Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the continuation of the Civil War Initiative commemorating the 150th anniversary of our nation's most divisive conflict. Spring highlights include a high school student essay contest, a four part lecture series, and a re-enactment event—all at the Lima Campus Center at 7285 Gale Road, just one mile north of Lima on Route 15A.

Lima, New York—The Lima Campus Center of Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the continuation of the Civil War Initiative commemorating the 150th anniversary of our nation’s most divisive conflict. Spring highlights include a high school student essay contest, a four part lecture series, and a re-enactment event—all at the Lima Campus Center at 7285 Gale Road, just one mile north of Lima on Route 15A.

The Civil War Essay Contest is open to all students in the GLOW region between grades 9 and 12. The topic is “War Takes a Nasty Turn: The Changing Nature of the War of 1862.” The first place essay winner will receive a color Nook electronic reader. The essay should be a minimum of three pages formatted in 12 point Times New Roman font and double spaced. All citations must be written in Chicago Style (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org). All essays must be received electronically by Friday April 13, 2012 at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu. Winners will be announced at the Civil War lecture that is scheduled in Batavia on May 1, at 7:00 p.m.

The four part lecture series in Lima occurs on February 15, March 6, and April 11, all at 7:00 pm. (The series concludes in May on a date yet to be determined.) All lectures are free and open to the public; pre-registration for each lecture is encouraged by contacting the Lima Campus Center at 585-582-1226.

“We are very excited to have another great line-up of dynamic speakers, who are all authorities on the history of the Civil War and each with his or her own area of expertise,” Derek Maxfield, GCC’s resident Civil War historian and history instructor said. “GCC/Lima is really taking the lead in offering an array of great programs to commemorate one of the most important aspects of our nation’s history.”

The Lima Campus Center lecture series topics and dates are as follows:
•Wednesday, February 15th -"Goats of War" by Derek Maxfield, GCC
This talk covers some unusual and not often discussed antiheroes of war—the goats. “The term goat is all encompassing,” according to Maxfield. “It refers to the scapegoats or the political generals who didn’t quite fit into the normal context of the war. Some officers were ridiculed for their actions or inactions, others were considered villains. This lecture will cover these unsung compatriots of the Civil War.” The talk will explore the differences between the heroes and goats, and why the Civil War produced a significant number of goats.

•Tuesday, March 6th - “Considering Strategy: Military vs. Political” by William Drumright, instructor of History at Monroe Community College
While Abraham Lincoln was a savvy politician, he knew little about military strategies or tactics. This lecture will explore how quickly Lincoln learned to balance the tension between political and military strategies and how the Emancipation Proclamation became a dynamic opportunity for tactical policies that addressed both political and military objectives and events.

•Wednesday, April 11th - “Frederick Douglass- A Man of Vision in the Civil War” by Robert Babcock, retired City of Rochester American history teacher who has also taught history extensively with special populations—from prison inmates to home schooled children throughout the region.
Learn about the incredible life of Frederick Douglass, from his humble beginnings as a slave to becoming a renowned lecturer throughout New England and Europe on slavery, the Equality of Women and other important topics from American history. He founded the North Star and the Douglass Papers in Rochester, NY and had ongoing communications with President Lincoln, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, and William H. Seward. This fascinating presentation will provide an important look at a local American hero who is often misunderstood.

•The month of May Civil War Lecture will be announced soon.

Civil War Re-enactment
The Lima Campus Center re-enactment features Union and Confederate encampments and will allow visitors and guests of all ages to step back in time as they witness soldier life during the Civil War. It all happens the last weekend of April (27-29) on the ground of Genesee Community College Lima Campus Center just one mile north of Lima on 15A. Both Union and Confederate infantry will find themselves in dangerous proximity to each other, suggesting a skirmish or battle may take place. Visitors will witness a small episode in the terrible war that saw, literally, brother fighting brother.

In addition to a lively skirmish, there will be much to see and do as guests are invited experience what life was like in and around a Civil War encampment 150 years ago. There will be authentic music, spinning and metal working demonstrations, military drills, and a candlelight camp tour on Saturday evening.

“We are thrilled to be bringing some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable Civil War re-enactors to Lima to share their expertise with the community.” Maxfield noted, “I think people will find the event not only educational but also quite moving. The sights, the smells, the sounds of military camp life will be enthralling. People will forget they live in 2012.”

Genesee Community College has also two blogs dedicated to the historical significance of this area. The GCC GLOW Region History Co-Op blog seeks to help promote partnerships with GLOW region historical organizations, and the Civil War blog is an active source of news and information about all of the Civil War initiatives. The blogs can be found at www.glowhistory.wordpress.com and www.civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com.

Lima Campus Center’s on-site exhibit space currently features an extensive display of authentic Civil War era newspaper articles from the collections of John Molyneux, a GCC adjunct instructor of English and prominent local collector of historic memorabilia.

One other event worth noting is the Civil War Exhibit currently on display in the Alfred O’Connell Library at GCC’s Batavia Campus, which features more than a dozen miniature models depicting wartime scenes and situations. There are authentic weapons and war accoutrements, uniforms, a tent, and a selection of framed newspapers dating back to the 1850’s. The exhibit continues through February 17, 2012 and is open during normal Library hours.

For further information please contact the Lima Campus Center, 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY 14485, 585-582-1226 or go to: http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com.

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