Monday, February 8, 2016

Coming March 3, 2016

Professor Eric Foner will present his book, Gateway to Freedom: Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.

Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He is one of this country's most prominent historians. He received his doctoral degree at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians, and one of a handful to have won the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in the same year.

On the faculty of the Department of History at Columbia University since 1982, he writes extensively on political history, the history of freedom, the early history of the Republican Party, African American biography, Reconstruction, and historiography. Foner is the leading contemporary historian of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, having published Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (1988), winner of many prizes for history writing, and more than 10 other books on the topic. His free online courses on "The Civil War and Reconstruction," published in 2014, are available from Columbia University on

In 2011 Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010) won the Pulitzer Prize for History, Lincoln Prize, and the Bancroft Prize. Foner also won the Bancroft in 1989 for his book Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution. In 2000, he was elected president of the American Historical Association.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Coming February 4, 2016

Andy Athanas will present a brief power point on the life and times of Ambrose Bierce and a short film of perhaps his most famous short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Coming January 7, 2016

Jamie Malanowski will present his book Commander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War.  Jamie is a writer and editor. A member of the original staff of Spy, where he worked seven years, Jamie has also been an editor at Time, Esquire and Playboy, where he was managing editor. Jamie has also written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Washington Monthly, and The New York Times, where he was the lead writer for Disunion, the award-winning series about the Civil War. He is also the author of the several novels. He is the author of And the War Came, a history of the six months that preceded the start of the Civil War. Jamie lives in Westchester County NY with his wife, Virginia, and daughters Maria and Cara. 

October 1864. The confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle had sunk two federal warships and damaged seven others, taking control of the Roanoke River and threatening the Union blockade. Twenty-one-year-old navy lieutenant William Barker Cushing hatched a daring plan: to attack the fearsome warship with a few dozen men in two small wooden boats. What followed, the close-range torpedoing of the Albemarle and Cushing’s harrowing two-day escape downriver from vengeful Rebel posses, is one of the most dramatic individual exploits in American military history.
Theodore Roosevelt said that Cushing “comes next to Farragut on the hero roll of American naval history,” but most have never heard of him today. Tossed out of the Naval Academy for “buffoonery,” Cushing proved himself a prodigy in behind-the-lines warfare. Given command of a small union ship, he performed daring, near-suicidal raids, “cutting out” Confederate ships and thwarting blockade runners. With higher commands and larger ships, Cushing’s exploits grew bolder, culminating in the sinking of the Albemarle. (Publisher)

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.