GCC History Club to sponsor local history conference

GCC Historical Horizons

Local history conference set for November 4th

 BATAVIA – The Genesee Community College History Club and Genesee County Federation of Historical Agencies is sponsoring a local history conference at GCC in Batavia on Saturday, November 4th from 8:30 AM until about 3:30 PM in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building.  Public and private historians are welcome as well as history buffs of all ages.

“We have put together a day of interesting programs that should appeal to a wide variety of history-minded folk,” according to Derek Maxfield, history club advisor and president of the Genesee County Federation of Historical Agencies. “I am especially interested in the session on disaster planning and the panel discussion about the Confederate monument controversy.”

Conference sessions will include:

8:30-9:15 AM                     Coffee clutch

9:15-10:00 AM                   State of history in Genesee County

Dr. Michael Eula, Genesee County Historian

10:15-11:00 AM                  Tracing lineal…

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Rank the Presidents

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The Genesee County Federation of Historical Agencies will host the Genesee County Heritage Fair on November 5th at GCC. The theme this year is presidential elections.

In keeping with the theme, we have developed a survey inviting the public to rank the top ten presidents. Please follow the link below to take the survey. Results will be announced at the event.



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Ghost Walk at Historic Batavia Cemetery




Ghostwalk Batavia Cemetery 2015

Ghostwalk Batavia Cemetery 2015

OCTOBER 22th, 2016






BY 8:30 PM











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2016 Genesee County Heritage Fair set for November 5th

BATAVIA – November is New York State History Month and to honor the occasion, the Genesee County Federation of Historical Agencies and the GCC History Club are sponsoring a Genesee County Heritage Fair in the Forum at GCC on November 5th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

With the 2016 presidential election just days later on November 8th, the theme of the heritage fair will be presidential elections.  Museums and historical agencies from all over Genesee County will set up booths for visitors to explore. Many will feature presidential memorabilia.  In addition, there will be local history books on sale, craft demonstrations, historical impressionists and much more.

In keeping with the presidential theme, local schools will participate through two special contests.  Elementary school students will be asked to draw portraits of their favorite president.  Junior and Senior high students will be asked to write short essays.  Winners of both contests will be announced at the event.

New York State History Month was created by the New York State legislature in 1997 and represents an opportunity for historians to assert the vital importance of preserving and learning about our state’s history. It is also a time to engage with the public through programs and learning opportunities about the history of New York State and the ways in which we can help preserve our history.

Further information on New York State History Month can be found at http://files.ctctcdn.com/9499bee6001/9e234d9f-c057-4176-a9da-d7e98c2cc00c.pdf. For more information on the GCC History Club, visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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HLOM Luncheon Postponed

The Holland Office Museum Chicken-n-Biscuit luncheon

Scheduled for Tuesday October 6th has been postponed

For more information Please call the Holland Land Office Museum

At 343-4727

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HLOM Chicken-n-Buscuit Luncheon

3rd. Annual Holland Land Office Museum

Chicken-n-Biscuit Luncheon

at The Office for Aging 2 Bank St Batavia, NY Tuesday October 6th. Noon -1:30pm $10.00 PP.

Speaker: Al Parker, Al is a decedent and interpreter of Ely Parker a Seneca Chief, General Grant’s Military

Secretary and the Officer who copied the terms of surrender at Appomattox Court House.

Catered by D&R Depot of LeRoy NY

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Batavia Cemetery Ghost Walk



Historic Batavia Cemetery

Harvester Avenue

On Saturday, October 24th, the Batavia Cemetery Association will host a candlelight guided ghost walk through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue in Batavia, NY. The tours will feature the famous and infamous movers and shakers who shaped and influenced the City of Batavia.

The guided tour will bring guests to meet men and women of Batavia, who, for various reasons, held great power and exerted great influence in their day, were victims of tragic events, or both. Philemon Tracy, one of the few Confederate officers buried in the north, Ruth the unknown victim of a horrendous murder, Joseph Ellicott, a man of great power and great flaws, and William Morgan, the man who disappeared and was allegedly murdered before he could reveal the secrets of the Masons, are some of the ghosts who will tell their stories on the tour.

Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and run every fifteen minutes until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. Tickets are available at the gate the day of the event at Historic Batavia Cemetery, Harvester Avenue, Batavia. Reservations are suggested. Proceeds benefit the upkeep and restoration of the cemetery. For more information, or to make reservations, contact 343-0248.

Join us for some spooky fun!

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