Please celebrate Black History Month by attending this important presentation by Susan Stessin-Cohn, “Hidden Heritage.”
The talk will be held at the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz Community Center.
The talk will be held at the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz Community Center.
Author Talk and Book Signing
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present an author’s talk and book signing on Sunday, February 9th, 2020. The program will take place at the Henry A. Wallace Center, and it begins at 2:00pm.
The talk by Mr. Delbanco is being co-sponsored by the Rhinebeck Reformed Church, the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County, and the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project. After Mr. Delbanco’s remarks, he will be signing copies of his book, which can be purchased at the Wallace Center gift shop.
This is a free public event, but registration is required. To register, go to https://www.fdrlibrary.org/events-calendar, or call 845-486-7770.
Diane’s presentation will include remarks on the recent Network to Freedom training program held at Niagara Falls … Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad from Past to Present.
For more information, contact Peter Bunten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next meeting of the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project will be held as follows:
If you have an interest in the history of slavery and antislavery in the Mid-Hudson region,
Please join us!
At the meeting we will be providing updates of recent programs and a look ahead at some new ideas. Included will be information on the following:
The National Park Service Network to Freedom program, held bi-annually, will take place this year from September 11-14, in Niagara Falls, NY. This year’s program is being co-hosted by the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State, the Niagara Falls Heritage Area, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
The Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project is a founding member of the Consortium and is participating in the planning for the program.
This year’s program theme is “Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad Past to Present.” The four day training will feature renowned speakers, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and tours of local museums and historic sites. The program will move away from the normal format of research papers and instead focus on training participants in how to conduct Underground Railroad research and programming for their respective sites. The NTF Program Committee welcomes proposals for case study presentations. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2019.
For more information, including the Call for Proposals and the submission process, please go to: https://www.npa.gov/orgs/1205/professional-development.htm.
Ruth Thompson-Miller is Visiting Associate Professor of sociology at Vassar College. Her research specializations are race and ethnicity, mental illness, and the elderly. She received the American Sociological Association (ASA)–National Institute of Mental Health–Minority Fellowship.
She is the co-author of four books, including: Jim Crow’s Legacy: The Lasting Impact of Segregation; Systemic Racism: Making Liberty, Justice, and Democracy Real; Not Your Grandmother’s Movement: Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter; and Please Don’t Shoot: Children, Police Violence, and Trauma. She is the co-author of chapters in Counseling Psychology, Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, and Violence Against Women.
Lorraine Roberts was the founding President of the Black History Project Committee and proudly served the committee and community until her passing in 2015. The Black History Project Committee of the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center continues to honor her legacy with the fourth annual lecture in her name.
MHAHP will be presenting a four-session class on the topic of “Slavery, Antislavery and the Underground Railroad in the Mid-Hudson Region” for the Center for Lifetime Study (CLS). The Center is part of the continuing education program of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The class will examine the history of slavery, antislavery activities, and the Underground Railroad in the Mid- Hudson Valley. There will be one class devoted to slave resistance, which will examine closely the fugitives – ‘freedom seekers’ – who ran away from their owners. Other areas to be covered include how this local history fit within the broader national history of slavery and antislavery; the build-up to the Civil War and post-Civil War attitudes toward the emancipated men and women; and the legacy of enslavement in America. The evidence and myths surrounding the Underground Railroad will also be examined.
The sessions run on four successive Tuesdays beginning April 2.
The Marist Center for Lifetime Study provides opportunities for intellectual and cultural exploration and development for men and women of retirement age. CLS provides a rewarding experience of learning and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere without exams or grades. Currently, 650 members enjoy courses, trips, and social events held in various locations.
The 18th annual Underground Railroad History Conference will be held March 29-31, sponsored by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region. The theme of this year’s conference is Seeking Sanctuaty – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Programs will be held at Siena College and the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence. The program will include a variety of workshops, round tables, exhibits, vendors, an art exhibition, and raffle. Attendees are encouraged to come in period attire.
For complete information on the conference, please go to URHPCR website, at https://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/conference.
The MHAHP and Historic Hudson Valley – which runs several historic sites in Westchester County – will lead a workshop for teachers at the upcoming annual conference of the National Council for History Education. Exploring Runaway Art: New Strategies for Teaching About Enslavement, addresses the need for more teaching and learning about enslavement in American history. Workshop participants will explore 18th-century runaway slave advertisements, primary-source documents which indicate the size and scope of enslavement in the North – and also serve as documentation of acts of resistance taken by individuals in response to enslavement. Through Document analysis, critical thinking, and creative response, participants will gain confidence in engaging with this difficult but critical content.
The Runaway Artcurriculum was developed by HHV and the Center for Arts Education and has been used in dozens of New York City schools, reaching over 10,000 students. Margaret Hughes, HHV’s Associate Director of Education, and Peter Bunten of MHAHP will lead the workshop. The Annual Conference of NCHE takes place March 14-16 in Washington, DC. For the full NCHE program, go to https://www.nche.net/files/DC%20Program.pdf. The full Runaway Artcurriculum is available at Historic Hudson Valley, https://hudsonvalley.org/program/runaway-art.
Bill Jeffway, Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society, has recently reported on the results of new research on pre-Civil War African-American communities of color in the town of Milan. His report, first published by the New York State Museum in December, 2018, notes that the research led to the identification of a segregated burial ground.
Two burial grounds in Milan for African-Americans had been known prior to the current research. One location is a half-acre section in the cemetery of the adjacent town of Rhinebeck, set aside in 1853 for the burial of paupers and persons of color. A second location for burial of persons of color was found through oral history and newspaper accounts. It is located at the southeast corner of Yeoman’s cemetery. Recent research has now located a third likely burial place, known locally as “Turkey Hill”.
“To find evidence of the remains of these individuals … is challenging,” writes Mr. Jeffway, “because of the early 19th century practice … of burying persons of color not only separately, but with temporary or no markers.”
You can read the full article on Mr. Jeffway’s LinkedIn at
We dedicate this site to one of our founders, Lorraine M. Roberts, who served as Treasurer from 2006 to 2014. We miss Lorraine’s warm smile, her financial acumen, her energy and enthusiasm for local history, and her good common sense. Lorraine, a retired teacher, was active in many organizations and served as chair of the Black History Committee of the Dutchess County Historical Society. She was a light and inspiration to many in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We miss her greatly.
A tribute to Lorraine’s life and her work in the community is posted
on the website of the Poughkeepsie Journal.
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