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The Blue and the Gray
Civil War Lecture Series

Presented by the Chemung County Historical Society

Thursday, May 6th at 7:00PM

Elmira College Professor and Mark Twain Scholar Dr. Michael Kiskis will lecture on "Mark Twain’s Civil War Writing: Historical Fiction and the Fiction of History." While Clemens managed to evade military service during the Civil War, it is clear that the work in the middle of his career was mightily influenced by the legacy of the Civil War and the social strains that led to and continued after the war.

Thursday, May 13th at 7:00PM

Local author Michael Horigan presents "Elmira’s Civil War Prison Camp." Mr. Horigan will speak about the decisions of military leaders and conditions that led to the large death toll inside the prison walls and the reaction of Elmirans to the existence of such a place within the community.

Thursday, May 20th at 7:00PM

"Civil War Advertising in Elmira," presented by Terri Olszowy, will address the ways that the Civil War affected local merchants in Elmira. Olszowy will examine how military terms, cultural vocabulary and political jargon of the time were incorporated into the efforts to advertise and sell goods during the war.

Thursday, May 27th at 7:00 PM

"The Voices of History: Sherman’s March to the Sea." Join Town of Elmira Historian George Farr as he shares anecdotes from the campaign that took Sherman’s Army from Atlanta to Savannah in the Fall of 1864 as documented by the soldiers of the 107th New York Volunteer Infantry, a regiment in the 20th Army Corps. These anecdotes have been gleaned from the letters and diaries of members of this regiment as well as some military documents.

All lectures will be held at the Chemung Valley History Museum at 415 East Water Street

Lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Chemung Valley History Museum at 607-734-4167 or via email at

Summer 2004 Programs and Events at the
Chemung County Historical Society
Submitted by Jason Harmon
Education Coordinator
Chemung County Historical Society

New Exhibitions

Opening in mid-July, the Chemung Valley History Museum will celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the Sullivan-Clinton Revolutionary War Campaign with an exhibit featuring artifacts and documents from the collection relating to the campaign, including the marching orders that began General Sullivan’s mission and a military campsite.  On view through May 2005.

The Booth Library

The June 1, 2004 deadline for submitting entries for the History Writing Competition commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign is fast approaching.  The winner will be announced by mid-July, and will be awarded a prize of $1779 and a framed certificate at a special recognition event at our museum on Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 7:00 pm.  Contact Heather Wade at 607-734-4167, ext. 207 or via email at to receive the official competition guidelines or if you want more information about the competition.

Local History Bus Tours

These tours are $12 for members and $14 for non-members and last two hours, unless otherwise noted. Price includes lunch at CCHS.

June 25, 2004 at 10:00 AM – Travel on the Underground Railroad through Elmira with Carole Knowlton of the John W. Jones Museum.  This trip will provide insights about abolitionists in Elmira and highlight the significant locations associated with those who fought for the freedom of slaves.  Call to reserve your seat on the bus.

July 23, 2004 at 10:00 AM – Take a trip back to When Tobacco Was King.  Tour guides Bim Van Etten and Bill Smith will share information about the tobacco industry in Chemung County including some of the remaining tobacco barns in Big Flats.  A brief tour of the Big Flats Historical Society is included in this trip!  Call to reserve your seat on the bus.

August 21, 2004 at 9:00 AM – Follow the route taken by General Sullivan and his army with Gary Emerson.  We will travel from Elmira to Geneseo via Geneva, highlighting important sites and events along the way.  This is an all-day Saturday trip that includes a boxed lunch along the way.  $35.00 for members, $40.00 for non-members.  Call now!

September 24, 2004 at 10:00 AM – Tour some of Chemung County’s Revolutionary War Cemeteries with County Historian J. Arthur Kieffer.  Find out the history of the cemeteries and learn about the soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War and later settled here.  Call to reserve your seat on the bus.

History on Wheels Bike Tours

Tours are $5 for members and $6 for non-members.  Families ride together for only $16.
Price includes a two-hour bike trip and light breakfast at CCHS upon return.

June 19, 2004 at 8:00 AM – Take a ride Along the Riverfront with County Historian J. Arthur Kieffer and explore some of Elmira’s rich history along the Chemung River.  Highlights include Rorick’s Glen, Hendy’s cabin, the trolleys of Elmira and much more.

July 10, 2004 at 8:00 AM – Join Quarry Farm Caretaker Rick Rolinski for a tour of Pierce and Bickford architecture. Tour Elmira and view domestic, religious, and governmental projects that made Pierce and Bickford nationally known for their style and use of materials.

August 14, 2004 at 8:00 AM – Tour Immigrant Neighborhoods of Elmira with Town of Elmira Historian George Farr.  Learn about various ethnic groups, what drew them to Elmira, and how our community has been impacted by the contributions of multiple cultures.

Events Just for Kids!

June 18, 2004 at 5:00 PM – Great Kids Fest is back!  Join us for fun before the fireworks get started.  CCHS will host hands-on craft projects, face painting, and inflatables from Bobby K Entertainment (courtesy of Elmira Savings Bank) for two hours before the ESB sponsored concert and fireworks get started in Riverfront Park.  For more information, call Jason at 607-734-4167, ext. 205.  Rain date is June 19th.  Cost is $2.00 per child.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 27 APR 2004
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