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Month-Long Celebration of Abraham Lincoln at GCC

September 25, 2012

Batavia, NY- Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln was our 16th President, that he is credited with abolishing slavery and assassinated while attending a play. Those facts, however, make up just a tiny fraction of the information that embodies the humble, uneducated, but revered man who would lead the nation into and out of Civil War. A deeper and more intimate look at Lincoln comes to life at Genesee Community College throughout the month of October with a nationally acclaimed traveling exhibit, several special lectures, a movie night, a drum and fife band concert and a unique contest that is open to all ages.

All events are free and open to the public and each opportunity is highlighted on the following webpage:

GCC’s month-long Celebration of Abraham Lincoln schedule includes:

• The exhibit, Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times, organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, opens at 10:00am on Monday, October 1, 2012 with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Alfred O’Connell Library at the Batavia Campus. The exhibit continues through October 28. The exhibit viewing hours are: Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 9:30pm; Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm; Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday 12:00 - 6:00pm. Please note: GCC and the exhibit will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 for the Columbus Day holiday.

• Dr. Aaron Wheeler of Capital Community College will present “The Search for Good Ground and Fair Weather: The Role of Climate and Topography in the Civil War” on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the room T102 Conable Technology Building. Prior to this lecture, David Armitage and Donna Lavalle will be playing period music from 6:30-7:00 PM just outside T102.

• Dr. Eric Foner, an internationally renowned historian and an expert on Abraham Lincoln, will visit GCC’s Batavia campus on Wednesday, October 10. He will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery” at 1PM at a public lecture in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Dr. Foner will sign copies of his book immediately following his talk. He is also scheduled to sit in on GCC’s U.S. History Survey course to meet with students and learn how his textbook “Give Me Liberty, An American History” impacts their understanding and appreciation of our nation’s profound history.

• GCC History instructor Derek Maxfield, founder and coordinator of the College’s Civil War Initiative, will deliver a lecture on “What’s So Great About Lincoln?” on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:30PM in the central Forum of the Batavia Campus.

• On Saturday, October 20 at 12:30PM the Excelsior Brigade Fife and Drum Corps will perform in the Forum, allowing the public to further immerse themselves in the Civil War era by watching the live and very engaging performance of traditional music, which usually is seen and heard outdoors during Civil War re-enactments. Civil War re-enactors will also offer a “School of the Soldier” program for young people to learn about the Civil War soldiers’ uniforms, weapons, and drills. A Discover Lincoln contest table will also be set up to encourage visitors to submit or develop their entries just before the contest deadline later that day (see next bullet).

• October 20th is also the last day to enter the Discover Lincoln contest designed to spark creative thought and expression by transporting our legendry American hero into today’s presidential election. Entries can be developed in five different mediums, but all must address the question: If Abraham Lincoln was running for president today, what would his campaign look/sound like? Videos, posters, written speeches, bumper stickers and even pin-on campaign buttons are the categories for the Discover Lincoln contest. There are no entry fees, no limits to the number of entries from any individual, and is open to all ages. For contest details, including the entry form, visit: or see the sidebar story below.

• Discover Lincoln Contest winners will be announced on Friday, October 26 at 11AM with a reception in the GCC Library. The winning entries will be displayed through November 9 in the Library’s Media Room.

• A Discover Lincoln movie night is also being developed with featured films such as “Glory” and “Gettysburg” under consideration by the Student Government Association. Full details will be released soon.

For further information or access to an array of Lincoln photos, please contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email:

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Sidebar Story:

What Would Abraham Lincoln’s

Presidential Campaign Look Like in 2012?

Batavia, NY- In conjunction with its month-long celebration of Abraham Lincoln, Genesee Community College is launching the Discover Lincoln contest that addresses the question: If Abraham Lincoln was running for president today, what would his campaign look/sound like? Contestants of all ages and communities are invited to focus their creativity on entries that highlight the attributes of Lincoln, while acknowledging the differences and opportunities of today’s political campaigns.

Entries can be submitted in five different mediums, there is no entry fee, nor any limit to the number of entries any one person can submit. Winners will be selected from two age groups (12 and under and adult) in each of the following five categories:

Campaign video—maximum length of one minute; must be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo or other publically accessible website and you must send a link to the host site, not the video itself

Campaign poster—produced on standard, letter-size paper (8.5” x 11”)

Campaign speech—maximum of 160 words (the length of Lincoln Gettysburg’s address)

Campaign bumper sticker—standard size (3” x 11”)—submission should include drawing of entry, but does not need to be an actual bumper sticker

Campaign button/pin—standard size (1.25” x 3” diameter)—submission should include a drawing of entry, but does not need to be an actual button/pin

All entries must also include the following information:

• Name

• Address

• Phone number or email address

• Age category of entry – 12 and under or adult

• A brief description of the entry

Entries are DUE NO LATER THAN 4PM on Saturday, October 20 and should be submitted electronically to: (submitted as .pdf, .doc or .docx files) or dropped off at the Circulation Desk of the GCC Library. Prizes will be awarded to winners from each age group and each category at the Discover Lincoln reception on Friday, October 26 at 11 AM in the GCC Library. Winners do not have to be present to claim their prize. For all the contest details including the entry form, visit:

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