History Highlighted at GCC

War of 1812 Exhibit Marks a First at Campus Centers Spring Lectures Planned for Civil War Initiative

Batavia, NY- A travelling history exhibit will make history at the Orleans Campus Centers of Genesee Community College. During the month of February the exhibit “War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War” will be on display at the Medina Campus Center. In March, it will move to the Albion Campus Center. It marks the first time two of the College’s campus centers will host traveling history exhibits.

Curated by the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington D.C., the exhibit commemorates the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, which was fought between the United States and Great Britain from 1812-1815. They were at odds over conflicting maritime policies and competing western expansion along the United States-Canadian frontier.

Batavia’s International Peace Garden Foundation has teamed up with the Navy Museum to bring the traveling exhibit to GCC. The exhibit highlights the prominent role of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in bringing Great Britain to the negotiating table and forcing European recognition of a truly independent United States. It tells the stories of heroic U.S. Navy crews in battles on the oceans and Great Lakes, as well as the contributions of sailors in celebrated land battles from Canada to Louisiana.

“We’re pleased to provide our community a chance to view this exhibit,” said Jim Simon, Associate Dean of the Orleans Campus Centers. “New York, and especially the Niagara Frontier, played a major role in the War of 1812. We look forward to helping the community understand how the conflict impacted our state.” The Medina Campus Center will host a lecture by History Prof. Derek Maxfield, “James Madison and the War of 1812” on February 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. and the Albion Campus Center will feature a talk by History Prof. Garth Swanson on March 20, 2014, also at 7 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

GCC also continues to plan activities as part of its Civil War Initiative, marking the 150th anniversary of that War, which was fought from 1861-1865. The Civil War Spring Lecture Series will feature four speakers at the Batavia campus and three at the Medina Campus Center:

January 28, 2014 at the Medina Campus Center. Further information will be available shortly.


•Dr. Chris Mackowski, St. Bonaventure University, “The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson”
Dr. Mackowski comes to the Batavia campus February 5, 2014 to discuss one of the major turning points of the war, the loss of Stonewall Jackson. Mackowski teaches journalism and mass communication and is also a historian for the National Park Service where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields as well as the building where Stonewall Jackson died.

•Bill Lattin, Orleans Co. Historian, History of the Civil War Memorial Tower in Mt. Albion Cemetery
February 27, 2014 at the Medina Campus Center

•Prof. Michael Gosselin, GCC, “A Plain Businessman of the Republic: An English Professor Reads Grant Memoirs”
March 5, 2014 at the Batavia Campus

•Rev. Gary Hakes, retired United Methodist pastor, “Religion and the Civil War”
April 2, 2014 at the Batavia Campus

•Adam Tabelski, Former Medina Mayor
April 11, 2014 at the Medina Campus Center

•Mike “Max” Szemplenski, Attica, “Dean Richmond and The Civil War”
May 7, 2014 at the Batavia Campus

All lectures are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. The lectures at the Batavia Campus will be held in Room T102 of the Conable Technology Building.

In addition, coordinator of the College Civil War Initiative and Assistant Professor of History Derek Maxfield will speak on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Holland Land Office Museum. The Museum is hosting the prestigious traveling exhibition, LINCOLN: The Constitution and the Civil War. Prof. Maxfield’s talk “Lincoln: Constitutional Pragmatist” will explore Lincoln’s view of the Constitution in peace and war.

For more information, check out the Civil War Initiative blog at http://www.civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com or contact Prof. Maxfield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288, or via email: ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

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