Posts Tagged ‘Civil War’

Art and Photography of the Civil War

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019 • 2:00 PM – Admission $10.00, Members Free

Art & Photography of the Civil War

ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE CIVIL WAR will focus on the effects of the Civil War on American landscape and genre painting, and on the new (at the time) medium of photography.

We will look at the large range of works created before (slavery, racism), during (lives of soldiers, battles), and following the Civil War war (Negro struggles, reconstruction). We will look at work by some of America’s finest artists including Hudson River School painters like Frederick Church (metaphorical paintings of the War) and Sanford Gifford (a soldier during the Civil War – lives of the soldiers); genre painters, William Sidney Mount and Eastman Johnson (lives and struggles of slaves); journalists like Winslow Homer whose works relating to the lives of soldiers were published in Harper’s Weekly; and finally the photographs bringing Abraham Lincoln to vivid life as well as the horrors of war by famed photographers Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and George Barnard.

We will address how these works of art not only unleashed historical events of a great historical moment, but also wrought great changes in the nation’s visual culture and character.

Presenter: Cynthia Andersen

Cynthia Andersen was a New York City school teacher and special education supervisor.  She earned her B.A. from Hunter College, majoring in History with a concentration in Early American Culture. She also earned a Master’s degree in Education and Art History and a School Administration Degree from Queens College.  Cynthia, an amateur painter, has been researching, writing and lecturing about the Hudson River School of Painting for more than ten years. She expanded her Hudson River School of Painting to 19th Century American Art which includes Luminism, Art and Photography of the Civil War and American Impressionism.  Her lectures have been seen by the various Sloop Clubs; affiliates of the Clearwater, up and down the Hudson River, as well as MALFA (Material Archives and Laboratory for Archaeology), the Scarsdale Women’s’ Organization, the Scarsdale Adult School, the UFT (United Federation of Teachers in NYC) and Westchester Community College’s Mainstream Program. Most recently Westchester Community College made Cynthia an adjunct teacher of art history.

Opening Weekend • 19th Century Photographs

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Join us as we explore the wonder of 19th Century photography through the Carte de Visite. We are excited to have two expert presenters on the topic who will share many images from their unique and extensive collections.


Doors will open at 1:00 each day with the presentations to start at 2 PM.

Admission $10.00 (Free for Members and Children 12 and Under)


Saturday, April 21, 2018

“One Family’s Journey During the Time of Lincoln”

Historian and Researcher Lance Ingmire will tell  the story of the photographer FW Ingmire’s collection of Lincoln related CdVs and photos, and the connection of the Ingmire family to the Civil War, including his research on the 95th New York Infantry. Replete with artifacts and original images.

Presenter: Lance Ingmire

Lance is a passionate researcher and collector of the Civil War era, with special emphasis on the 95th New York and the 115th New York.

He has more than 14 relatives who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  He has been painstakingly writing the regimental history of the 95th New York and has made over 150 trips to the National Archives in Washington, DC for research as well as numerous field trips to many battlefields where the 95th was engaged, especially Gettysburg, Pa.

He retired in 2005, at age 55 after a carrier in the insurance world and moved to his home town of Saratoga Springs, NY.  In retirement he has served as President of the Friends of US Grant Cottage, (Grant’s last residence),  President of the Friends of the NY State Military Museum and organized the Saratoga Civil War Encampment which educated and entertained the residents for 7 years. He also served as Chair of the New York State Sesquicentennial Committee of the Civil War. This coming year he will serve as President of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.  He co-authored and was business manager for “The Centennial History of Saratoga Springs, NY”, published in 2015 and authored the chapter on “Saratoga During the Civil War”.

His family connections to the Civil War era are most interesting and will be discussed during his lecture.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

“Cardomania! The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America”

The Civil War Generation was the first to grow up with photography. This transformative medium made it possible for Americans from all walks of life to preserve their own likeness, a privilege once reserved only for the wealthy. During photography’s early years, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes ruled the portrait world. Then, on the eve of the Civil War, a curious new format landed in America—the carte de visite. After hostilities began, hundreds of thousands of citizen soldiers and sailors posed for their likenesses. Countless millions of photographs were produced. Significant numbers of these most intimate and personal artifacts survive today. Some are finding a place among the iconic images of the war. Join Ron Coddington, author of four books of collected Civil War portraits and editor and publisher of Military Images magazine, as he tells the story of the rise and fall of the carte de visite—and what became of them.

Presenter: Ron Coddington

While other kids in his Middlesex, New Jersey, neighborhood were collecting baseball cards, 14-year-old Ron Coddington was browsing flea markets looking for old photographs. Little did he realize after he purchased his first photo in 1977 that collecting historic images would become a lifelong pursuit. He originally collected various formats of vernacular photography dating from the 1840s to the 1890s. Over time, he focused his collection on Civil War era cartes de visite, a paper format popular during the 1860s.

From 2001-2016, he authored Faces of War, a regular column in the Civil War News. Each month, Ron profiled a soldier, and each was illustrated with an original, wartime carte de visite photograph. His subjects were enlisted men and non-commissioned officers, and officers below the rank of colonel. Ron believes that appreciating the role of the volunteer soldier is key to understanding America’s greatest conflict. He writes, “The history of the Civil War is the stories of its soldiers and sailors.”

In 2004, a collection of columns became part of Ron’s first book, Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories. A companion volume, Faces of the Confederacy: An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories, followed in 2008. Four years later, the publication of African American Faces of War: An Album marked the third book in the series. A fourth volume, Faces of the Civil War Navies: An Album of Union and Confederate Sailors, was released in 2016. All are published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. His next volume will profile the lives and contributions of nurses and other caregivers.

Ron also wrote for the New York Times Disunion series from 2011-2014. His contributions documented the experiences of the enlisted men and line officers who participated in the Civil War.

In 2013, he became editor and publisher of Military Images, a quarterly magazine dedicated to showcasing, interpreting and preserving early American photographs of soldiers and sailors.

Ron has participated as a speaker at numerous Civil War-related events, and at meetings for round tables and other organizations.

A 1985 graduate of the University of Georgia, Ron lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Anne, and pug Bella. He is currently Editor, Visuals, for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

NY and the Lincoln Specials: Lincoln’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Cross the Empire State

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 2:00 PM – Admission $10.00, Members Free

New York and the Lincoln Specials: The President’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Cross the Empire State

Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was bookended by a pair of dramatic railroad trips through the state of New York. His first term began with a pre-inaugural railway tour—his second ended with a funeral train. Each was a five-day crossing of the Empire State. These two journeys allowed thousands of ordinary Americans first to celebrate, and later to mourn, the great president, and became indelibly etched in the memories of those who had the opportunity to stand along parade route. Drawing on newspaper accounts, memoirs and diaries, Joe Collea’s Program (and book) brings to life the two epic and unique moments in both New York’s and the nation’s history.

BOOK SALE AND SIGNING TO FOLLOW PRESENTATION

Presenter: Joe D. Collea, Jr.

After 47 years in public education as a teacher and administrator, Joe Collea recently retired. He now devotes his time to research, related-travel, and writing. His first two books—The First Vermont Cavalry in the Civil War, A History and New York and the Lincoln Specials: The President’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Cross the Empire State—were published by McFarland. He is currently finishing two other manuscripts: one is about George Custer and the 1st Vermont Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864-1865; and the other is a history of his hometown of Ilion, New York, where he served as a village trustee and then mayor. He also has several magazine articles to his credit, two of which have appeared in New York Archives magazine.

Joe was a graduate of Ilion Junior-Senior High School—where he eventually became the principal–has three degrees from SUNY Albany, and did post-graduate work under a Fulbright Scholarship at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and through a graduate scholarship at Syracuse University.

He currently shuttles his time among residences in Ilion and Scotia, New York, and Cape Coral, Florida.

Lincoln Depot Museum 2022 Opening Weekend

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Gen. Grant Will Be On Site Friday and Saturday May 6-7, 2022
Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday Party on Friday Evening, May 6
Those in attendance will help present Gen. Grant with a Birthday Cake
New Artifacts and Interactive exhibit for 2022

 

The Lincoln Depot Museum is excited to announce the start of the 2022 season with a Special Opening Weekend event on May 6, 7 and 8, 2022.

Ken Serfass, professional living history impressionist, will be on site Friday evening and all day Saturday. On Friday evening, Gen. Grant will make a presentation to the public with the evening culminating with the members of the Lincoln Depot Museum acknowledging Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday with a special cake and celebration. Members of the public in attendance presentation will be encouraged to participate.

Weekend Admission:

A one-time weekend admission fee will be $10.00 per person, free to children 12 and under as well as members of the museum. Admission includes access to all three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on site and entry to the museum.

Tickets are obtained at the Lincoln Depot Museum Visitor’s Center before entering the site. Doors open 7 PM Friday and 11 AM Saturday. Normal operating hours of 1-4 PM will be in effect on Sunday.

Friday, May 6th Program (7 PM)

In early April of 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee agreed to meet with Grant in the town of Appomattox Court House, Virginia in the home of Wilmer McClean. Here, the two leading generals would discuss terms of surrender of that portion of the Confederate States Army, known as The Army Of Northern Virginia.  An exchange of letters led to a face-to-face meeting between General Lee and General Grant, which influenced further surrenders and the outbreak of peace by the end of May that year.

Ken Serfass, as General Grant, will discuss some of the finer details of the meeting which led Robert E. Lee to surrender his army, ending the fighting in Virginia during the civil war. US Grant will be sharing some of the inner workings that lead to this momentous day, along with notable anecdotes from the meeting and aftermath.

Saturday Program with Gen. Grant and Civil War era Military Reenactors (11 AM)

General Ulysses S. Grant will not be the only weekend feature. Also part of the ‘living history weekend’ will be military reenactors of various local civil war units. A Civil War era military encampment will be constructed, and General Grant will be available to answer questions from the public and will close the day with a formal review of the troops. All living history activity will be held outdoors on the museum grounds.

The outdoor living history activity will begin at 11 AM on Saturday with the doors of the museum opening at 1 PM. Entry to the site is through the Lincoln Depot Museum Visitor’s Center.

Continuing for 2022:

A new exhibit entitled “Women and Children of the Civil War, from Patriotism to Combat” will be unveiled that contains numerous artifacts showing the life and influence of women and children during the American Civil War era. Artifacts will include vintage photos and games of the period.The Lincoln Depot Museum is also looking forward to introducing its new Children’s Interactive Zone (“the Zone”).  This was made possible by a generous donation from The Rotary Club of Peekskill. The Zone will be a place to engage and entertain our child guests.  In the Zone, children will be able to play Civil War era games like dominos, try on period costumes such as a Union Officer’s uniform, and read books about President Lincoln, the Civil War and trains.  Children will also be able to entertain themselves by playing with our beautiful train table and toy trains, all while staying in the waiting room of a historic train depot!

More Events Planned Throughout the Year

The Lincoln Depot Museum is planning additional events for 2022. There will be a series of outstanding presentations, lectures, and events throughout the season. More details on these and other upcoming events will be published soon.

The 2022 season for the Lincoln Depot Museum will run from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, November 5. The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays, from 1-4 PM. For further information, visit the museum website at lincolndepotmuseum.org, call at 914-402-4318 or email lincolndepotfdn@gmail.com. The Lincoln Depot Museum is located at 10 S. Water Street in Peekskill, NY.

 

Lincoln Depot Museum 2022 Opening Weekend

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Gen. Grant Will Be On Site Friday and Saturday May 6-7, 2022
Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday Party on Friday Evening, May 6
Those in attendance will help present Gen. Grant with a Birthday Cake
New Artifacts and Interactive exhibit for 2022

The Lincoln Depot Museum is excited to announce the start of the 2022 season with a
Special Opening Weekend event on May 6, 7 and 8, 2022.

Ken Serfass, professional living history impressionist, will be on site Friday evening and all day Saturday. On Friday evening, Gen. Grant will make a presentation to the public with the evening culminating with the members of the Lincoln Depot Museum acknowledging Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday with a special cake and celebration. Members of the public in attendance presentation will be encouraged to participate.

Weekend Admission:

A one-time weekend admission fee will be $10.00 per person, free to children 12 and under as well as members of the museum. Admission includes access to all three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on site and entry to the museum.

Tickets are obtained at the Lincoln Depot Museum Visitor’s Center before entering the site. Doors open 7 PM Friday and 11 AM Saturday. Normal operating hours of 1-4 PM will be in effect on Sunday.

Friday, May 6th Program (7 PM)

In early April of 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee agreed to meet with Grant in the town of Appomattox Court House, Virginia in the home of Wilmer McClean. Here, the two leading generals would discuss terms of surrender of that portion of the Confederate States Army, known as The Army Of Northern Virginia.  An exchange of letters led to a face-to-face meeting between General Lee and General Grant, which influenced further surrenders and the outbreak of peace by the end of May that year.

Ken Serfass, as General Grant, will discuss some of the finer details of the meeting which led Robert E. Lee to surrender his army, ending the fighting in Virginia during the civil war. US Grant will be sharing some of the inner workings that lead to this momentous day, along with notable anecdotes from the meeting and aftermath.

Saturday Program with Gen. Grant and Civil War era Military Reenactors (11 AM)

General Ulysses S. Grant will not be the only weekend feature. Also part of the ‘living history weekend’ will be military reenactors of various local civil war units. A Civil War era military encampment will be constructed, and General Grant will be available to answer questions from the public and will close the day with a formal review of the troops. All living history activity will be held outdoors on the museum grounds.

The outdoor living history activity will begin at 11 AM on Saturday with the doors of the museum opening at 1 PM. Entry to the site is through the Lincoln Depot Museum Visitor’s Center.

Continuing for 2022:

A new exhibit entitled “Women and Children of the Civil War, from Patriotism to Combat” will be unveiled that contains numerous artifacts showing the life and influence of women and children during the American Civil War era. Artifacts will include vintage photos and games of the period.The Lincoln Depot Museum is also looking forward to introducing its new Children’s Interactive Zone (“the Zone”).  This was made possible by a generous donation from The Rotary Club of Peekskill. The Zone will be a place to engage and entertain our child guests.  In the Zone, children will be able to play Civil War era games like dominos, try on period costumes such as a Union Officer’s uniform, and read books about President Lincoln, the Civil War and trains.  Children will also be able to entertain themselves by playing with our beautiful train table and toy trains, all while staying in the waiting room of a historic train depot!

More Events Planned Throughout the Year

The Lincoln Depot Museum is planning additional events for 2022. There will be a series of outstanding presentations, lectures, and events throughout the season. More details on these and other upcoming events will be published soon.

The 2022 season for the Lincoln Depot Museum will run from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, November 5. The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays, from 1-4 PM. For further information, visit the museum website at lincolndepotmuseum.org, call at 914-402-4318 or email lincolndepotfdn@gmail.com. The Lincoln Depot Museum is located at 10 S. Water Street in Peekskill, NY.

 

Lincoln Depot Museum 2022 Opening Weekend

Sunday, May 8th, 2022

Gen. Grant Will Be On Site Friday and Saturday May 6-7, 2022
Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday Party on Friday Evening, May 6
Those in attendance will help present Gen. Grant with a Birthday Cake
New Artifacts and Interactive exhibit for 2022

The Lincoln Depot Museum is excited to announce the start of the 2022 season with a
Special Opening Weekend event on May 6, 7 and 8, 2022.

Ken Serfass, professional living history impressionist, will be on site Friday evening and all day Saturday. On Friday evening, Gen. Grant will make a presentation to the public with the evening culminating with the members of the Lincoln Depot Museum acknowledging Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday with a special cake and celebration. Members of the public in attendance presentation will be encouraged to participate.

Weekend Admission:

A one-time weekend admission fee will be $10.00 per person, free to children 12 and under as well as members of the museum. Admission includes access to all three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on site and entry to the museum.

Tickets are obtained at the Lincoln Depot Museum Visitor’s Center before entering the site. Doors open 7 PM Friday and 11 AM Saturday. Normal operating hours of 1-4 PM will be in effect on Sunday.

Friday, May 6th Program (7 PM)

In early April of 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee agreed to meet with Grant in the town of Appomattox Court House, Virginia in the home of Wilmer McClean. Here, the two leading generals would discuss terms of surrender of that portion of the Confederate States Army, known as The Army Of Northern Virginia.  An exchange of letters led to a face-to-face meeting between General Lee and General Grant, which influenced further surrenders and the outbreak of peace by the end of May that year.

Ken Serfass, as General Grant, will discuss some of the finer details of the meeting which led Robert E. Lee to surrender his army, ending the fighting in Virginia during the civil war. US Grant will be sharing some of the inner workings that lead to this momentous day, along with notable anecdotes from the meeting and aftermath.

Saturday Program with Gen. Grant and Civil War era Military Reenactors (11 AM)

General Ulysses S. Grant will not be the only weekend feature. Also part of the ‘living history weekend’ will be military reenactors of various local civil war units. A Civil War era military encampment will be constructed, and General Grant will be available to answer questions from the public and will close the day with a formal review of the troops. All living history activity will be held outdoors on the museum grounds.

The outdoor living history activity will begin at 11 AM on Saturday with the doors of the museum opening at 1 PM. Entry to the site is through the Lincoln Depot Museum Visitor’s Center.

Continuing for 2022:

A new exhibit entitled “Women and Children of the Civil War, from Patriotism to Combat” will be unveiled that contains numerous artifacts showing the life and influence of women and children during the American Civil War era. Artifacts will include vintage photos and games of the period.The Lincoln Depot Museum is also looking forward to introducing its new Children’s Interactive Zone (“the Zone”).  This was made possible by a generous donation from The Rotary Club of Peekskill. The Zone will be a place to engage and entertain our child guests.  In the Zone, children will be able to play Civil War era games like dominos, try on period costumes such as a Union Officer’s uniform, and read books about President Lincoln, the Civil War and trains.  Children will also be able to entertain themselves by playing with our beautiful train table and toy trains, all while staying in the waiting room of a historic train depot!

More Events Planned Throughout the Year

The Lincoln Depot Museum is planning additional events for 2022. There will be a series of outstanding presentations, lectures, and events throughout the season. More details on these and other upcoming events will be published soon.

The 2022 season for the Lincoln Depot Museum will run from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, November 5. The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays, from 1-4 PM. For further information, visit the museum website at lincolndepotmuseum.org, call at 914-402-4318 or email lincolndepotfdn@gmail.com. The Lincoln Depot Museum is located at 10 S. Water Street in Peekskill, NY.

 

Spiritualism in the 19th Century

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

Edgar Allan Poe “Live”

Thursday, October 20th, 2022

Mourning Becomes You…

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

A Special Tribute to Our Veterans

Saturday, November 5th, 2022