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.


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.