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Summer Program


“Remembering Akron” Project to capture the stories of the town and it’s people.

Do you remember those stories Granddad use to tell?  Or the tales of World War II in France that Uncle Bob would tell?  Maybe you recall Grandma spinning yarns about her childhood on the prairie.  Unfortunately, all too often, we lose those stories when we don’t write them down or record them and then cannot pass them to the next generation.

This summer the folks at the Akron C. Dee Wright Community Ctr. intend to capture these stories before they are lost.  Through a series of interviews, beginning July 16th, the “Remembering Akron/Newstead Project” will create a collection of podcasts that will subsequently be made available to the public.

Through the auspices of the Akron C. Dee Wright Community Center, and a generous grant from an anonymous donor, the project will feature interviews conducted by Genesee Community College history professor Derek Maxfield.  Each interview will be recorded, turned into a podcast and then uploaded to a website hosted by the community center for the public to access and enjoy.  The podcasts will also be archived for future generations.

While many of the interviews will be scheduled in advance, the community center will host a project Open House on Saturday, July 27th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  On that day, folks are invited to bring in their parent, grandparent or anyone with stories they would like captured.  Interviews will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each person interviewed will receive a copy of the recording as a keepsake as well as a photo of the interview with Prof. Maxfield. 

Over the course of the summer, the Remember Akron/Newstead Project hopes to collect 15 to 20 interviews and subsequently have the podcasts available by the end of August.  Anyone interested in being interviewed or anyone that knows someone that they would like interviewed, may contact Walt Rosonowski roso6085@aol.com  at the C. Dee Wright Community Center or Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu

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.