Saturday, February 4, 2017

Coming March 2, 2017

David Kinkaid will perform Irish Civil War Songs.  The Irish Volunteer is David Kincaid's first album of Civil War related Irish music. For years Kincaid has been the lead singer, lead guitarist, and leading songwriter for the American roots rock band, The Brandos. Kincaid, a long time Civil War enthusiast, assembled a collection of songs written during the Civil War era about Irish American soldiers fighting for the Union. Most of the songs only came with lyrics so Kincaid had to find traditional Irish music to set the lyrics to. Kincaid was devoted to historical accuracy in performing the songs, the pieces are performed only with instruments that would have been available to the people of the period. With the exception of "Free and Green" all the songs were written either before or during the Civil War. The songs praise the Irish immigrant volunteers who fought for the Union, most of the songs mention Thomas Francis Meagher, Michael Corcoran, and the famous Irish Brigade.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Coming February 2, 2017

North Shore Civil War Roundtable member Jeff Richman will discuss his book The Gallant Sims”: A Civil War Hero Rediscovered.  If you’re familiar with the phrase “the dustbin of history," you’ll shudder to learn that it’s almost where the extraordinary story of Brooklynite and Civil War Captain Samuel Sims ended up. But fate intervened. A cache of Sims's letters and personal drawings were rescued from the garbage in California and a trove of Sims’s photos and letters were discovered in a trunk in a Poughkeepsie basement. Who was Sims? The Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote that this citizen-soldier was “as brave a man as ever drew a sword.” In 1886, 22 years after his death at the Battle of the Crater, his former comrades banded together to pay for an extraordinary grave site monument at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery.  A few years back, Jeff Richman, Green-Wood's historian, negotiated the purchase on behalf of The Green-Wood Historic Fund of the Sims Collection--objects and papers lovingly saved for more than a century by Civil War Captain Samuel Sims's descendants and his fiancĂ©e's family. In this book, Richman, using these unique items, letters, and other new discoveries, tells Sims's fascinating story with its many dramatic arcs: his loyal service and death in battle, the Confederate who returned Sims's sword, and the erection of his Green-Wood monument. This is the tale of a leader in war who was so admired by his men that they called him "The Gallant Sims." The twists and turns of this story are remarkable. And they are all here in this fascinating book about Captain Sims - published with the generous support of the Furthermore Foundation. 

Jeff Richman, a long-time trustee and member of the NSCWR, is Green-Wood Cemetery’s historian. Twenty-five years ago he started leading tours at Green-Wood—a place that combines so many of his interests: 19th century New York City, landscape design, sculpture, rural cemeteries, 19th century photography, contemporary photography, and more. He became its part-time historian in 2001 (while practicing law, representing indigent criminal defendants for 33 years) and its fulltime historian in 2007. He is the author of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery: New York’s Buried Treasure (1997), Final Camping Ground: Civil War Veterans at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, In Their Own Words (2007), and edited Green-Wood at 175 (2013). He has also been the curator for several gallery exhibitions, including three on the Civil War and one on Coney Island. Since 2002, he has been leading Green-Wood’s Civil War Project, which, through the work of hundreds of volunteers, has identified 5,000 Civil War veterans interred at Green-Wood, written an online biography for each, successfully applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs for 2,200 gravestones, and had them installed to mark formerly-unmarked graves.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Coming January 5, 2017

Roundtable board member Andrew Pelosi will moderate a film showing of the The Red Badge of Courage. The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer.

Stephen Crane was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Coming December 1, 2016

George Munkenbeck will discuss his book Civil War Heroes of  Long Island. Mr. Munkenbeck is the volunteer, part-time Town Historian of the Town of Islip.
Mr. Munkenbeck is a native Long Islander who resides in West Sayville, NY. He earned a BS in Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and an MA in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University. A Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church, he is a fourth generation member of New York’s volunteer fire service as an active member of the West Sayville Fire Department, Company H. He is a member of The Fourteenth “Brooklyn” Regiment New York State Militia Society of the New York Civil War History Group, The American Legion, and The Industrial Archeology Society.  He is also a member of the United States Naval Institute, the Society of Civil War Surgeons, the Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the National Model Railroad Association, and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. In addition, he has produced numerous programs, articles and studies on the Bible, local history, fire service training and history as well as railroad history and military history.
“We are delighted the Town of Islip will be the beneficiary of George Munkenbeck’s expertise, vast knowledge and experience as a historian.  We thank him for volunteering to promote and preserve the Town of Islip’s rich history which extends more than three centuries,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Coming November 3, 2016

Professor Michael D’Innocenzo will present a lecture, The Uniqueness of Radical Reconstruction: The Capitulation to Racism. Professor D’Innocenzo received the American Historical Association Eugene Asher National Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.  During 56 years at Hofstra University, D’Innocenzo served as both a Professor of History and The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change.  He has degrees from Columbia University (where he was a Danforth Scholar and an Edward John Noble Leadership Fellow) and from Union College  (where he was recognized with the Freling Smith Prize for outstanding history thesis, and received the Bailey Prize for outstanding senior service). For the past twenty-four years, D’Innocenzo has led the Hofstra Social Science Associum and Public Policy Institute.  Working closely with the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums Institute, and the Public Agenda Foundation, Hofstra’s programs have involved more than 50,000 people over that time span, mostly high school students and teachers, but also increasingly reaching into the community to sponsor intergenerational programs.  These extended programs have developed into “town meeting” sessions at nearly a dozen public libraries where D’Innocenzo leads “current events in perspective” discussions.  Because of these endeavors and others, he has received many public recognitions and has written extensively on themes of diversity and communication, both historically and in the present. In 2013, Professor D’Innocenzo was appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Issues Forums Institute. In 2007, he was a founding member of the Hofstra Center For Civic Engagement (CCE) and served as the first chairperson of its advisory board. He is now working to help establish an Institute for Peace Studies as part of the CCE.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Coming October 6, 2016

Roundtable member Dr Ralph Levy will present a lecture entitled 1860: The Year of the Party of No Compromise or How to Lose an Election. Dr. Levy is a retired primary care physician; He was a hearing officer for the state of New York Department of Health: Office of Professional Medical Conduct for twenty years; He was a member of the Board of directors of The Des Moines University for thirty years and he is currently a Member of the Long Island Civil War Round Table. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his DO from Des Moines University.

He was always interested in history. The Democratic nomination convention of 1860 particularly interested him because Stephen A Douglas, if nominated might have easily defeated William Seward or Lincoln. But the party of no compromise led by Mr. William Yancy, a Fire-eater, prevented his nomination and caused the Democratic Party to split into three parts easily allowing the Republicans to win, insuring a civil war.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Coming September 8, 2016

Kathleen Velsor will discuss her book The Underground Railroad on Long Island.  Kathleen Velsor lives in Bayville, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. She was born in Rochester, New York. As a girl she lived in nearby LeRoy, New York - an up-state stopping point on the Underground Railroad - and remembers hearing local stories about fugitive slaves. She earned an undergraduate degree in fine arts and education from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, and received her master’s degree in educational administration from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and her doctorate in educational research from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Dr. Velsor has uncovered a rich history of anti-slavery activity on Long Island that started at least two decades before 1775, the year that the Quakers from Westbury began to free their slaves.

Dr. Velsor is an associate professor in the School of Education at SUNY Old Westbury. She is co-author of the non-fiction book The Road to Freedom: the Underground Railroad, New York and Beyond, and author of Friends of Freedom: Anti-Slavery Struggle in Queens and Long Island. She speaks frequently to middle and high school students about her topic. She has received numerous grants to research the Quaker involvement in the Underground Railroad on Long Island, most recent among them an education grant from the Long Island Community Foundation to establish the Underground Teaching Partnership to build community through interdisciplinary social studies workshops for schoolteachers.

From the arrival of the Quakers in the seventeenth century to the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, Long Island played an important role in the Underground Railroad’s work to guide slaves to freedom. In Old Westbury, the Post family established a major stop on the freedom trail with the help of an escaped Virginia slave. In Jericho, families helped escaping slaves to freedom from the present-day Maine Maid Inn. Elias Hicks helped free 191 slaves himself and worked to create Underground Railroad safe houses in many northeastern cities. Some former slaves even established permanent communities across the island.