Friday, May 8, 2015

Coming June 4, 2015

Bill Bleyer and Harrison Hunt will present their book, Long Island and the Civil War. Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War affected every one of the 101,000 people living in current-day Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. More than 3,000 young men -- white and black -- answered their country’s call to preserve the Union by serving in the army or navy.  There were training camps for regiments on their way to the front, Confederate ships marauding within eight miles of Montauk Point, anti-war protests and a little-remembered draft riot in Jamaica in 1863. Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums and medicines for the army. Long Island and the Civil War explores this fascinating story, from the 1860 presidential campaign that polarized the region to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders in the field and at home, and through the last local veteran’s death in 1945 to the history buffs who keep the memory of the conflict alive. (Publisher).

Harrison Hunt, who has researched Long Island’s role in the Civil War for more than 20 years, has written two other books about the conflict: Hallowed Ground and Heroes of the Civil War. Before his retirement, Hunt was the Senior Curator of History and Supervisor of Historic Sites for the Nassau County Department of Parks.

Bill Bleyer is a prize-winning reporter who worked at Newsday for 33 years. The Long Island native has written extensively about history for several newspapers and magazines. In 1999-2000, he was one of four Newsday staff writers assigned full time to “Long Island: Our Story,” a year-long daily history of Long Island that resulted in three books.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Coming May 7, 2015

Matt Borowick will discuss the court martial of Fitz John PorterMatthew Borowick is a columnist for the Civil War News.  His “Round Table Review” discusses the things that roundtables do, from common issues such as managing volunteers, battlefield preservation, special activities and collaboration with others, to recruiting, using the internet, fundraising and running Civil War trips, among many others. In 2010, he authored and published The Civil War Round Table Handbook: The Indispensable Guide to Running Yours Right. Matthew is a member of the R.E. Lee Civil War Round Table where he has served in numerous capacities including newsletter editor, advisory board member, and webmaster. In 1997, the Robert E. Lee Round Table opened the Civil War Library and Research Center located in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Matt has served as the library’s executive director for the first eleven years of its existence. He has spoken to numerous roundtables about many aspects of the Civil War including the court martial of Fitz John Porter and about the economics of the Civil War. Matt is employed by Seton Hall University as the Associate Vice‐President for Alumni and Government Relations. He lives in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, with his wife Kathy and their four children.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coming April 2, 2015

James B. Conroy will present his highly regarded book, Our One Common Country.  Mr. Conroy has been a trial lawyer in Boston for 32 years, and was recently elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Our One Common Country is his first book.

Mr. Conroy earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut in political science and history and served for six years as a photographer and a journalist in anti-submarine aviation units in the United States Navy Reserve. He has worked as a writer and editor for public interest advocacy groups in Washington D.C., as Press Secretary for an Iowa congressman, as chief speechwriter for the President of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, as Press Secretary for the United States Senate Committee on the Budget, and as chief of staff for a New York City congressman. He has a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He co-found Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP, now one of the city’s leading litigation firms.  His legal writing has appeared in the Massachusetts Law Journal and the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

In February 1865 three "commissioners," all prominent members of the Confederate government, met with Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward on a riverboat near Hampton Roads, Va., to explore the possibility of a negotiated end to the Civil War, an event briefly portrayed in the recent film Lincoln. Our One Common Country is the story of that meeting.

Abraham Lincoln scholar Allen Guelzo writes:  “James Conroy's Our One Common Country is a page-turner about Abraham Lincoln's struggle, in the face of opposition from his own administration and from a delusional Confederate leadership, to bring the Civil War to a negotiated conclusion in February 1865, before more lives and treasure were squandered.”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Coming March 5, 2015

Professor Megan Kate Nelson will present her book, Ruin Nation.

Ruin Nation is the first book to bring together environmental and cultural histories to consider the evocative power of ruination as an imagined state, an act of destruction, and a process of change. During the Civil War, cities, houses, forests, and soldiers' bodies were transformed into "dead heaps of ruins," novel sights in the southern landscape. RUIN NATION examines the narratives and images that Americans produced as they confronted the war's destructiveness. Architectural ruins—cities and houses—dominated the stories that soldiers and civilians told about the "savage" behavior of men and the invasions of domestic privacy. The ruins of living things—trees and bodies—also provoked discussion and debate. People who witnessed forests and men being blown apart were plagued by anxieties about the impact of wartime technologies on nature and on individual identities.  (Publisher)

Professor Nelson is a lecturer in history and literature. She has taught American history and American studies at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard University, and Brown University. She is a writer and cultural critic. Based in Lincoln, Massachusetts, she writes for the New York Times Disunion blog and Civil War Times, and in addition to Ruin Nation, she is the author of  Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2002. She presented her work as part of the Boston Environmental History Seminar Series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Weirding the War Conference at the University of Georgia, and the Ruins and Antiquities in 19th-Century America conference at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Coming February 5, 2015

This year, 2015-2016, The North Shore Civil War Roundtable is celebrating its 20th year anniversary.  We've decided to present to our members a very special program to commemorate the occasion.

Frank Hendricks and Linda Pratt Will present a musical program called Manners and Mores of 19th Century America.  Actor/baritone Frank Hendricks and pianist/singer Linda Pratt are seasoned performers specializing in the popular music of mid-nineteenth century America.  Costumed in period attire and accompanying themselves on piano, guitar and banjo, they present an intriguing and highly entertaining concert program of musical Americana.  Their entertainments, which offer engaging glimpses of life in the 19th century, are drawn from a large repertoire of songs and compositions, both popular and classical, comic and melodramatic, familiar and novel.

Frank has been performing traditional American music since the folk revival of the 1960’s.  His musical training includes six years of vocal studies with New York City Opera bass, Peter Maravel.  For the past several years he has been a performer of 19th century songs with his group, STOUT, at the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.  He has also appeared in numerous musical theatre productions throughout Long Island as Emile DeBecque in South Pacific, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, King Arthur in Camelot, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, and many others.  In addition to William Cullen Bryant, Frank has portrayed 19th century author Herman Melville in a one man show conceived by his wife, Millie Hines.

Linda majored in piano with Lucille Richardson while earning music education degrees from SUNY College at Fredonia.  For many years she enjoyed teaching elementary school music, and more recently, supervising student teachers of music and mentoring newer teachers for local colleges and school districts.  She has sung with What Four, a vocal quartet, and is very active as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental soloists, and school and community choral groups. She appears at Nassau County's Old Bethpage Village Restoration and formerly at Cedarmere Museum playing period parlor organ and piano music. Her firsthand knowledge of what was actually in Long Island piano benches comes from having catalogued the county's entire collection of 19th century music.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Coming January 8, 2015

Chris Schnupp will discuss his book, The Long Island Company: A History of Company H, 1st Regiment of the U.S. Sharpshooters.  Chris Schnupp is a life-long resident of Long Island, New York, and currently resides in Bayport. Since 2001, Chris has worked in education, he is a Civil War buff, re-enactor, and historian. Chris has a degree in History from St. Joseph's College, New York, as well as a Master's in Library Science from C.W. Post and an Executive Jurist Doctorate from Concord School of Law.

Known for their distinctive uniforms, rifles, and risky tactics, Company H, 1st Regiment fought in battles at Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Cold Harbor, and Gettysburg. The book documents the entire history of the unit, from their inception in 1861, until the end of the war in 1865. It also includes biographical sketches of the men that served, from privates to captains. (Publisher)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

December 4, 2014

Collector's Showcase

Members of the North Shore Civil War Roundtable will display their Civil War memorabilia collections at the South Huntington Public Library.  Admission is free and begins at 7:00 pm.