Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Rick Feingold
Phone: 201-678-9477
Mailing address: 290 Anderson St. # 5-I
Hackensack, NJ 07601
E-mail address: rickfeingold@att.net
Previous appearances at: Tappan Public Library, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Goshen Library, Plattekill Library, Finklelstein (Spring Valley)Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 06/16/2017

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Andrew Carnegie – From Steel to Philanthropy History,
History,
Life Skills- Finance
Andrew Carnegie, a humble Scottish immigrant, amassed an enormous fortune in the steel industry and then became a major philanthropist. During the late 19th century, when steel would be used first as railroad track and later in skyscrapers, Carnegie perfected low-cost steel production. The Carnegie Steelworks, in Homestead, PA, a classic company-town, employed every able-bodied man producing steel under primitive industrial working conditions. This program will use novelist Hamlin Garland’s descriptions of the furnace room and rolling mills in the Carnegie factory as well as the 1892 strike at Homestead which pitted the Pinkerton Detective Agency against the steelworkers ending with 10 deaths. The program ends with Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth” and philanthropic contributions endowing over 2,000 libraries. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$201- $350
The Glenn Miller Band – Music that Inspired the Troops History,
Media- Video,
Music
Glenn Miller was America’s best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Residing with his family at the Cotswold Mansion in Tenafly, NJ his band played many dates in New York. Once World War II began he gave up a lucrative stateside career and toured Europe with his band entertaining the troops. The program combines a lecture with movie clips of Jimmy Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Air Force in World War II” at Bergen Community College. His father, Lt. Louis Feingold was a US Army Air Force navigator on a B-17 who survived being shot down over enemy occupied territory and escaped to England in 1944.
$101- $200
The Transportation Revolution of the 1800s History,
Other
The American transportation revolution made possible the expansion of trade and the way of life we know today. Join us as we learn about the Erie Canal and the great canal building era in the northeast, using the steam engine to power boats upstream and building of the early tolls roads in the new republic. We will discuss steam locomotives and the packet trade of regularly scheduled cargo and passenger ships sailing between Great Britain and the United States. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$101- $200
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.
$101- $200
Aaron Burr – The Villain in Your History History,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Theater
Hamilton, An American Musical is the hottest ticket on Broadway and Aaron Burr is the villain. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Revolutionary War he begins an unlawful relationship with the wife of a British Officer. Elected Vice President in 1800 under Thomas Jefferson he kills Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel in Weehawken, NJ. Burr gets away with murder but is later tried for treason. This program covers the women in Burr’s life and features music from the Broadway production including The Election of 1800 and the Hamilton Burr duel. Note: this is part three to the program Alexander Hamilton – The Musical and the Duel. The program includes seven songs from Hamilton, An American Musical. (Music and video from public sources). A handout with detailed instructions titled How to Get Tickets to see Hamilton is included. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University. Equipment requirements: LCD projector. Presenter will provide laptop.
$201- $350
Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick and the Vagrant Boys of New York History,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
New York of the 1850s was a time when the Irish fleeing the famine in their home country arrived in great numbers only to settle in ethnic ghettos. With no skills or education, little English, and of Catholic faith in a predominantly Protestant culture they faced discrimination for the available factory jobs. Many children became homeless, living on the streets and working as bootblacks or shoeshine boys. Horatio Alger wrote novels about these boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, and honesty. We will read excerpts from Alger’s most famous novel “Ragged Dick” and learn about the “Gilded Age,” the Newsboys Lodging House, and New York City during this period. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$101- $200
American Baseball in Cuba Health & Fitness- Sports,
History,
Other
The American Series against Major League opponents in Cuba began in 1890 and continued until 1959. Babe Ruth visited Havana in 1920 after his 54 home run season with the Yankees and lost a fortune gambling in the casinos. Jackie Robinson played spring training in Cuba prior to breaking baseball’s color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1947 season. Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson played baseball games in Cuba. So did Negro League Baseball stars Oscar Charleston and John “Pop” Lloyd. After a night of drinking the writer Ernest Hemingway engaged the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Hugh Casey in a boxing match at his Havana home. Presenter: Rick Feingold presented this lecture as part of the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has written for the Boston Herald and Christian Science Monitor on the topic of baseball in the Caribbean.
$101- $200
John D. Rockefeller – The Richest American Who Ever Lived History,
Life Skills- Finance,
Other
Asked how he became so rich, Rockefeller replied, “God gave me my money.” Rockefeller was in the oil refining business early after the Pennsylvania oil rush began in 1859. He built state-of-the-art refineries and bought out his rivals. Rockefeller negotiated secret rebates with the railroads and formed what would become the Standard Oil Trust. Eventually the Supreme Court declared Standard Oil a monopoly and ordered it be broken up. But the individual oil companies were worth more separately and Rockefeller would go on to enter a second life of philanthropy which lives on to today. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$101- $200
The Industrial Revolution History,
Other
The industrial revolution began in Great Britain in the 1700s with the transformation of energy from water and animal power to steam power. Textiles became the first industry to be mechanized. Quickly young Brit Samuel Slater, in one of the first accounts of industrial espionage brought the technology to Pawtucket, Rhode Island just after the end of the Revolutionary War. Join us as we learn about the Luddites who rejected the regimentation of the factory system, Eli Whitney and the cotton gin and James Watt and the steam engine. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$101- $200
Travel to Cuba History,
Life Skills- Finance,
Other
Recent changes by the Obama administration now make it legal to travel to Cuba under “People to People” tours. We will discuss the recent diplomatic changes between Cuba and the United States (the Cuban Thaw), arranging a visit to Cuba, pre-revolutionary Cuban history, the Ernest Hemingway tourist sites, Cuban baseball, classic Cuban music, world renowned Cuban cigars, and places to stay and eat. to stay and eat and the unique Cuban economic system. Rick Feingold, published travel writer for Boston Herald and Christian Science Monitor. He has traveled to Cuba seven times since 2001 and lectured at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Cuban-American baseball. MBA, Penn State University. BA, Rutgers University.
$101- $200
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