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Program
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Description
Fee
McGrath, Cathy “SONGS OF SUFFRAGE, ONE HUNDRED YEARS HENCE” History,
Museums,
Music
Join in singing the songs that the suffragists sang as they struggled for woman’s right to vote. Song sheets will help you raise you voice in protest so you can imagine the convictions of the women and men of the past working for woman’s suffrage. Many suffrage songs were crafted from the popular songs of the day. One advantage of this was that suffragists could sing the songs together immediately, since they already knew the melody and only needed the new words. Then they could sing them at meetings, conventions and demonstrations in efforts to convince others. These songs are the statement of the people, the story of their struggles and of their courage. When we sing them together now, we remember and honor those who went before us, leading the way in voting rights. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy McGrath uses an 1870’s guitar, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program that encourages audience participation. She first performed this program in 2004 for the Genesee Country Village & Museum. It seems perfect to offer this program again for the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage.
$201- $350
Feingold, Richard Cornelius Vanderbilt – The First Tycoon History,
Life Skills- Finance,
Other
Cornelius Vanderbilt began operating his own ferry in New York Harbor at the age of 16. He would work from dawn until dark ferrying passengers between Staten Island and the tip of Manhattan. The tiny business would grow into a massive steamship company. Vanderbilt would undercut his competitors by pricing his services so low that he would drive them out of business. Eventually he built a railroad empire from New York to Chicago and the First Grand Central Station at 42nd Street. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$201- $350
Fiske, David Rescued from Slavery: The Story of Solomon Northup History,
Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other
Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York State. In 1841 he was lured away from home and sold as a slave. For nearly twelve years, he was a slave in Louisiana. Finally he was able to get a message to friends in New York, and he was able to return home as a free man. After writing a book about his experiences, he traveled around the Northeast giving speeches, and even helped fugitive slaves get to Canada thanks to his work on the Underground Railroad. Mr. Fiske wrote Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery, and is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. This is a great Black History topic!
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith Peter Lorre : Hollywood's Unsung Master of Mayhem History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Another entry for the Halloween season. Join us as we unmask thriller film legend Peter Lorre and we explore his life from his earliest days in Hungary where he was known under his real name Laszlo Lowenstein to his rise to stardom in Germany and his ultimate transformation into Hollywood boogeyman. We also explore Lorre's A list work including Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. We'll talk about his working relationships with fellow actors Humphrey Bogart and Sidney Greenstreet as well as his troubled personnel life and bouts with depression and alcohol. We'll be watching a plethora of film clips as well as viewing a mountain of memorabilia. This is another must have presentation.
$101- $200
Schuman, Sandy Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The essence of the Great Depression as expressed in the songs of the times with stories that provide the social, economic, and historical context. Forget Your Troubles and Just Get Happy – The 1929 Hit Song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Presidential Campaign Songs of 1932 – The Sidewalks of New York vs. Happy Days are Here Again. The Anthem of the Great Depression – Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney and E. Y. Harburg, 1932. The Gold Diggers’ Song of 1933/ We’re in the Money by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. If God Blessed America For Me – The success of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America in 1938 led Woody Guthrie to write a parody. When All the World is a Hopeless Jumble – Even Lady Gaga sings this 1939 song by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the most influential song in the history of cinema.
$101- $200
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Railroad History,
Music
Songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, describing the construction, operation, and history of America's railroads. Main repertoire source: N. Cohen, The Long Steel Rail, U.of Chicago Press, 1982. Examples: Drill Ye Tarriers, John Henry, Wabash Cannonball, Casey Jones, Wreck of the Old 97, Paddy Works on the Railway, Life's Railway to Heaven, etc. Accompaniment on acoustic stringed instruments (guitar, banjo, Autoharp, etc.). History and background is given for all songs. Presented annually for the Brighton schools for 13 years; and recently performed at the Strong Museum (Rochester), Heritage Square Museum (Ontario), Cattaraugus County Museum, New England Folk Festival (Mansfield MA). Performed at Cottrell Mem. Library in Atlanta NY, 2011. Many opportunities for audience participation (chorus singing).
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Community Revelry- Renaissance Faires, Harvest Festivals, Erie Canal Celebrations, More! History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Topics include: -Community Heritage Bicentennial and Sesquicentennial Celebrations -Labyrinth Building -Musical Instrument Building -Christmas Pageants -Playwriting & Performance on Historic themes -Renaissance Faires & Festivals -and Much more! One-of-a-kind projects enthusiastically welcome! We often offer water-related themes. Got a River? Erie Canal?
$501- $1000
Downing, John George Washington Can Change Your Life History,
Life Skills- Other,
Life Skills- Parenting
This exciting program discusses the early years and background of George Washington and his leadership during the Revolution and first presidency. Our speaker, instructor John Downing, wearing authentic Revolutionary War period costume and displaying PowerPoint artwork of Washington's life, shows you how study of George Washington can change your life: 1. Overcome adversity by seeing now George Washington defied all odds. 2. Gain valuable leadership skills by observing Gen. Washington's traits and practices. 3. Appreciate the founding of the United States and Washington's guiding precedents for future generations!
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith THE HONEYMOONERS - Jackie Gleason and Company - America's Most Beloved Television Show History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Ok, here is the program I've had the most requests for. Join me for a delightful trip down memory lane as we investigate the career of comic actor genius Jackie Gleason and his entourage with focus paid to the classic series The Honeymooners, which aired from October 1, 1955 to September 22, 1956. Since the final broadcast, the Honeymooners has gone out to countless syndication showings which have resulted in New Years Eve marathon telecasts and festivals. The highlight of this program is a 16mm showing of a rare Honeymooners episode title Hello Mom (which aired December 3, 1955). Find out about Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolf and the behind the scene stories of the show itself. Bound to be a very popular program, so book now! Praise from Edith Kalickstein of Long Beach Public Library regarding THE HONEYMOONERS - Jackie Gleason and Company - America's Most Beloved Television Show: The program was excellent and brought back many memories. I also had a few laughs. Thank you so much for sharing with the Long Beach community. They had such a good time.
$101- $200
Van Egmond, Timothy The Sailor's Trade History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sea Shanties (work songs) and fo’c’sle songs (songs for recreation) from the days of ‘wooden ships and iron men.’ Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing throughout New England for close to 20 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums (including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY).
$501- $1000
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