Suburbs began in America long before Levittown right after World War II. In fact they first became popular in the early years of the 20th century. “Halfway to Heaven” focuses on the suburbs where most Americans ultimately longed to live so we could all have our own little piece of the Garden of Eden. America’s vision of Eden was not wilderness. It was natural yet cultivated, innocent yet settled. Its streets were winding and tree-shaded, its houses set on spacious lots, its atmosphere was that of the small town. Yet it was only a brief train ride from the city. America’ first suburbs combined city and country, the built and the natural, t o become the middle class ideal – and it’s all in our popular songs.
Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher. For 20 years, he was the theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has spoken at universities and art and history museums in 34 states and the District of Columbia, and also appears with two singers in cabaret-style performances enhanced by his knowledge of the songwriters, the music’s history, and how the songs amuse us and stir our emotions. A former teacher, he has also taught at Rutgers University, St. John Fisher College, and Fairleigh-Dickinson University. He and Philip Furia are co-authors of the new book, America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley, which will be for sale after is lecture.
Public welcome. Reservations are not required. Greece Historical Society members FREE. A suggested donation of $2.00 or more will be appreciated from others.
Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. – Noon Greece Town Hall
At 10:00 a.m. Dr. George Hamell will talk about the very early Aboriginals who preceded the Seneca Nation in our area and how the Mid-Woodland Period Iroquois and Algonquin came to Greece to hunt and fish during the spring through fall seasons. He will tell us of the archaeological sites on Cranberry Pond, Long Pond, the Genesee River, and the Vance farm just east of Mother of Sorrows. He will bring with him, for display artifacts found in these sites that are now housed in the Native American Collection at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Visitors may bring artifacts they have to him for identification.
At 11:00 a.m. Mohawk storyteller, Barbara Bethmann-Mahooty will share tribal stories of the Iroquois Nations, including Seneca Nation.
On display will be a map of the hunting and fishing camps in Greece that we know existed, as well as artifacts from our Greece Museum. Another display tells about the Iroquois Confederacy and more about each of the tribes and their people along with the type of headpiece each tribe wore. Chief Freeman Johnson, who lived in Greece, will be featured for his efforts to educate the community about his people and their traditions. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the historic site in Victor, Ganondagan. Mr. Robert Dobson will display artifacts found on his family’s farm which is now Northgate Plaza. We will have for sale “A Brief History of Northgate Plaza,” showing many of the pictures Mr. Dobson loaned us of the farm and the history of his family. Books from the Historical Society’s Reference Library will be available for perusing and some for purchase – both children’s books and adult’s. Each child can take home a reproduction arrowhead.