About the Film:
See the season premiere of Mercy Street on the big screen before its WXXI-TV debut.
Join WXXI on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre for a FREE screening of Mercy Street, Season 2 premiere, followed by a discussion with Kathleen Emerson Britton, Director of Archives, Curator of Collections for Rochester Medical Museum and Archives at Rochester Regional Health and Christine L. Ridarsky, City Historian and Manager of the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library.
Season Two picks up directly from the dramatic events at the end of the first season finale, continuing to explore life in the chaotic city of Alexandria, the complicated interpersonal dynamics of Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and the Mansion House staff, the increasingly precarious position of the Green family and the changing world of the African American population after the Emancipation Proclamation. The second season will introduce a number of new elements, taking the viewer closer to the war and into the halls of Confederate power, all set against the intensifying war, starting with the Seven Days’ Battle and culminating with Antietam.
The new season also delves deeper into the lives of newly freed African Americans, exploring – among other areas – life in a contraband camp, where formerly enslaved African Americans are forced to confront horrific living conditions and disease, but also get a glimpse of freedom.
More about the speakers at our screening:
Kathleen Emerson Britton received her bachelors in anthropology and history from St. John Fisher College, her MA in Classical Archaeology from University at Albany – SUNY, and her New York State Certification in Museum Studies from New York University. Following time at the Seneca Falls Historical Society, Ms. Britton began a contract position with the Baker-Cederberg Museum and Archives (now known as the Rochester Medical Museum and Archives). The contract position evolved into a position as the Curator of Collections, followed by stints as Interim Director, and her present position as Director/Curator of Collections. With eclectic historical interests, healthcare history is a recent addition. Kathleen’s research has included the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in World War II, the role of women in the founding of Rochester’s original hospitals, early nursing history, and other aspects of the history of Rochester Regional Health.
Christine L. Ridarsky is City Historian and Manager of the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library. She has a master's degree in American History from the College at Brockport and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. She is co-editor of Susan B. Anthony & the Struggle for Equal Rights (University of Rochester Press, 2012) and editor of the biannual Rochester History journal