Commemorative Civil War Ball March 21 at Clarion Inn
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Commemorative Civil War Ball March 21 at Clarion Inn

Mar 11, 2015

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Besides the Encampment in Medina, Genesee Community College’s Civil War Initiative will be part of the upcoming Commemorative Civil War Ball planned for March 21 at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia.

GCC is a co-sponsor of the event organized by the Daughters of the American Civil War, a Batavia group dedicated to honoring women of the Civil War era. The Ball, set for 7 to 10 p.m., will feature Civil War music provided by City Fiddle with a dance master to call the dances.

Dance instruction will be offered free of charge to ball attendees from 1 to 3 p.m. the day of the event in the Clarion ballroom.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and are available online at Tickets at the door are $30.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Genesee Veterans Support Group and the Genesee County Historians Association.

In addition, the popular CWI lecture series continues this spring with the following upcoming events which are free and open to the public:

— March 25, 7 p.m., Albion Campus Center: Sarah Handley-Cousins, a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Buffalo, will speak about Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

— March 25, 7 p.m., Dansville Campus Center: GCC adjunct history instructor Dan Hamner will speak about “The Civil War in Indian Country.” Connections between the Civil War and Native American culture, politics, and diplomacy are often overlooked. Hamner will examine them through the eyes of three key Native American figures from the period.

— April 1, 7 p.m., Room T102, Batavia Campus: A panel of GCC historians moderated by Prof. Derek Maxfield will address “Reconsidering the Civil War: GCC Historians Consider Historiography and American Memory.” The discussion will feature professors Garth Swanson, Charles Scruggs, Timothy Palmer, Peter Francione and Dan Hamner as well as Orleans County Campus Centers Associate Dean Jim Simon.

— April 8, 7 p.m., Medina Campus Center: A special panel discussion moderated by Maxfield, “Reconsidering the Civil War and American Memory,” will feature Associate Dean Jim Simon, Dan Hamner, GCC adjunct instructor, and Bill Lattin, former Orleans County historian.

— April 15, 7 p.m., Dansville Campus Center: Author, historian, and re-enactor Robert Yott presents “Lincoln’s Other War.” In order to preserve the Union, President Lincoln had to court the border states, manage inept or politically ambitious generals, and hold the radical faction of his party at bay. Yott will speak about the “fire in the rear” that required Lincoln’s constant attention and constituted his “other war.”

For more information contact assistant professor Derek Maxfield at (585) 343-0055, Ext. 6288

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