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Summer Program


This fun and educational program focuses on the preservation and promotion of local and generational history.  We will explore the opportunities for historic preservation through cemetery art and stone descriptions, genealogy, and talking with local historians. 

The centerpiece of the program is collecting the oral histories of our older residents.  These interviews will be collected and offered to the community.  Thereafter these valuable digital records will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Prof. Derek Maxfield will lead this summer’s program.  With background in radio and now a professional historian, Prof. Maxfield will help students build communication and research skills.  All ACS students’, middle school through this year’s seniors are welcome to take part. 

The participation fee per student is $50. The program starts July 9 th concluding August 15th.  Classes will be from 2:00 til 4:00pm Tuesday & Thursday.  Each day will conclude with the recording of a podcast, as Prof. Maxfield interviews local residents.  These podcasts will be made available to the community. Download a registration form here.

Mr. Maxfield is an associate professor of history at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY, where he is also coordinator of the college’s Historical Horizons Lecture Series. In 2013 Maxfield was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his work coordinating the college’s programs related to the Civil War sesquicentennial. More recently, Maxfield was named winner of the 2019 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Maxfield holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from SUNY Cortland and a Master of Arts degree from Villanova University. He was also a PhD candidate at the University of Buffalo, where he is ABD (all but dissertation).


Summer 2019 Music

The C. Dee Wright Center will host summer music lessons for bass guitar, beginning guitar, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, and beginning/intermediate percussion taught by Mr. Ben Chaffee.

Mr. Chaffee is a seasoned music educator with a background in teaching band, drum corps, and jazz.

Lessons will begin the week of July 2, 2019, and conclude the week of August 5.

Cost: $80/(5) half hour private lessons
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Times: mornings and afternoons
Starting: July 2
Ending: August 8
Location: The Wright Center, 11 Church Street, Akron
Contact Number: 585-813-4449 dianahouseknecht16@gmail.com

Download a registration form here. Mail or return the registration form with payment by June 19. Please make checks payable to: C Dee Wright Center, 11 Church Street, Akron, NY 14001.

You will be contacted by June 26 with your schedule and lesson information.