Up the Stairwells

Up the Stairwells

6/30/20. David Kramer at the Remembrance Walk on the campus of Monroe Community College. Photo: Forest Ranger Ryan Wickens, Monroe & Wayne Counties. Ranger Wickens was working at the COVID19 drive-thru test center. See “Motivated by the Audacity:”Remembering 9/11 at Monroe Community College

by George Cassidy Payne

6/30/20. Mt. Hope Cemetery. The Firemen’s Plot was first purchased in Mt. Hope Cemetery for the purpose of burying fallen firefighters in 1843. In 1880, the Rochester Firefighters Benevolent Association, realizing more space was needed, traded that plot for a larger section. The burials from the original plot were transferred to this new section. A 50 foot obelisk was also constructed for the new plot. On Sept. 9, 1880 a ceremony was held to dedicate the new Firemen’s Plot. The monument was re-dedicated on September 9, 1984. The plot is at the corner of Fireman’s Avenue and Grove Avenue, in the northwest corner of section BB. The 1880 dedication and 1984 re-dedication is found at the bottom of the Firemen’s Monument. (Rochwiki) [Photos: David Kramer]


“Motivated by the Audacity:” Remembering 9/11 at Monroe Community College

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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