Thursday, November 12, 2015

Coming December 3, 2015

The North Shore Civil War Roundtable will present a special evening of entertainment by the Karkowska Sisters Duo performing their musical program, American Treasures.

Praised by the press for performing “Virtuoso pieces with virtuoso accompaniment” (Union Journal Chicago) and “telling fantastic stories with music that literally takes ones breath away” (Fairmont Chamber Music Society) is a nationally and internationally acclaimed ensemble. The sisters have performed both in North America and Europe meeting with rave reviews and standing ovations. Their debut at the Carnegie Hall, a tribute to benefit victims of the national tragedy at the World Trade Center on September 11, was an unmitigated success crowned with long standing ovations and encores. The sisters have been invited to record several programs for Polish National Television and Radio (Written by the Bow, Karkowska Sisters Duo, “Kamerton”, Pegaz), appeared on PolVision (Chicago, IL), PBS (Buffalo) and together won many prestigious prizes and awards including Top Prizes at the National Competitions in Poland, the First Prize at the International Competition at the Aspen Music Festival (CO), and at the WGUC International Radio Competition (Cincinnati, OH).

They have performed to a great success at some of the most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Gusman Center for Performing Arts in Miami, FL, Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI, The Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center in Williamsburg, KY and to mention only few. They were invited to play for Pope John Paul II’s Eightieth Birthday in Chicago, IL, and held concerts at the special request of the Governor of Kentucky (Henry’s Clay Award Ceremony) and His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Henri Constantine Paleologue. They also performed at the special event-gala organized by UNICEF to raise funds for the children of Guatemala in Miami, FL, and the Panasonic Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO.

They present great music with great stories. The Karkowska Sisters Duo is also playing an active role in music education. They have already performed and lectured for over one hundred thousand of young listeners in United States to great success.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Coming November 5, 2015

Coming Thursday November 5Our November speaker is Kevin Knapp a retired Army officer, former professional hot air balloon pilot, board member of the Balloon Federation of America, and Civil War Balloon Corps enthusiast. He has owned and operated the modern “Army” Balloon since 1993 and shares oral and living history as Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, Chief Aeronaut, of the Army of the Potomac’s Balloon Corps. In 2006, Kevin was the co-pilot for the winning team of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race flying from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Citra, Florida – 1,478 miles in 60 hours and 45 minutes.  Kevin operated the Command Center for Jonathan Trappe’s attempt to cross the Atlantic flying a Cluster Balloon System and provided commentary discussing Jonathan’s flight for a segment of “Weather Caught on Camera” for the Weather Channel.  Kevin is a retired US Army Major (1975-2003) and he was a Special Forces Medic and team leader.

Kevin’s goal is a simple one: to share Civil War Aeronautics and to preserve and share the history of Military Ballooning during the Civil War for both the Union and Confederate Armies through our living history display and by speaking at local Civil War Roundtables or other venues.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Coming Thursday October 1, 2015

Dr. Daniel S. Marrone will present his book, New York Heroes: Herkimer, Lincoln, TR and La Guardia. Daniel Marrone is a professor  emeritus of Business and Management Technology at Farmingdale State College of the State University of New York. A Brooklyn native, he earned an MBA in Management and a Ph.D. in Business Education from NYU. He has undergraduate degrees from Queens College (CUNY) in art history and economics.

In 1978. he joined SUNY’s faculty as an instructor at Hudson Valley Community College (World Trade Center Extension Campus). In 1987, he began teaching at Farmingdale State College where he rose through the academic ranks to Distinguished Service Professor. He was also the first Farmingdale State College recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Marrone has written nearly 40 articles in a wide array of publications. Since 2007, he writes two articles per year for the SUNY University Faculty Senate Bulletin under the byline: Celebrating New York State and New Yorkers. He has published biographies of Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer, Major General Nathanael Greene, First Lady Martha Washington, Major General Anthony Wayne and First Lady Dolley Payne Madison in American Spirit: Magazine of the National Daughters of the American Revolution.

The individuals in New York Heroes faced formidable obstacles and while their accomplishments differ, they all made an indelible mark on New York State history. These individuals rose to greatness and became leaders by eventually triumphing over all adversities with an abundance of "can do spirit". The book is intended for those wishing to study leaders and leadership. On the book cover is the 1942-1943 U.S. Navy Roundel--the insignia painted on World War II Grumman Avenger TBFs (Torpedo-Bomber-Fighters). The author’s father, USN Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel C. Marrone was an Avenger TBF tail gunner in the Pacific Theater. At the center of the Roundel is the historic marker honoring General Nicholas Herkimer for his valor at the decisive Battle of Oriskany.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Coming Thursday September 3, 2015

Joanne Hanley and Ed Clark will discuss the Gettysburg Foundation and the Gettysburg BattlefieldJoanne Hanley has been President of the Gettysburg Foundation for two years. She retired from the National Park Service in 2011 after a 32-year career, where most recently she served as General Superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, which included the development of the Flight 93 National Memorial, as well as managing Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, and Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

Her other National Park Service assignments included Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York, Glen Echo and Clara Barton National Historic Site, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and Mount Rainer National Park. She worked on management plans in several of the Alaska national parks when they were first added to the National Park system in the 1980’s, and also worked in Washington DC in the National Park Service Office of International Affairs on training and technical assistance in southeast Asia and Africa.

Now, Mrs. Hanley manages the $103 million Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, the only privately owned and operated visitor center in the entire National Park Service, which has now welcomed more than 6 million visitors. The Foundation has a membership of nearly 20,000 around the country and world, and is dedicated to preservation and education efforts at Gettysburg National Military Park. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Long Island University, New York, and a master’s degree in environmental science from Washington State University.

Ed W. Clark is the superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. He  has served most recently as superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park. He replaces Superintendent Bob Kirby. Prior to Manassas, Clark was deputy chief  ranger at Shenandoah National Park and supervisory park ranger at the Blue Ridge Parkway. He is currently enrolled in the Senior Executive Service’s Candidate Development Program, identifying him as one of the service's most promising senior leaders. Clark is a native of Roanoke, Va., and holds degrees from Radford University and Ferrum College. He said he has ancestors who fought at Gettysburg, making the battlefield a very special place for him personally and professionally.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Coming July 2, 2015

James Coll will discuss the Constitution and Reconstruction.  While the Civil War transformed the nation, the years following the conflict transformed the Constitution.  In this discussion, we will analyze the three amendments added to the 'supreme law of the land' during Reconstruction and their impact on ending slavery, promoting civil rights, curtailing the power of the states, enfranchising voters as well as other significant developments.

James Coll is an adjunct associate professor of American and Constitutional history at Nassau Community College. James is also a detective in a tactical and rescue unit for the New York City Police Department. In his work with the NYPD, James has received numerous awards, including being named Cop of the Year by the New York City Police Foundation for the efforts of his unit during the US Airways Flight 1549 plane crash in the Hudson River. One year later, James was part of the FEMA NY Task Force Urban Search and Rescue Team deployed to Haiti in the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake to search for survivors. In addition, James is the founder of changeNYS, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the education of New Yorkers about civic understanding and political reform in our state.

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.