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UGR Consortium at NYS Caucus

MHAHP In Presentation on Promoting  Underground Railroad Consortium 

Joins Other Coalition Organizations in Workshop at Black & Puerto Rican Caucus

The Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State (URCNYS) presented a workshop for the 45th Annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. in Albany on Saturday, February 13. The workshop was sponsored by Assemblyman David F. Gantt of Rochester and was facilitated by Nick Thony from Gantt’s legislative office in Albany.  The 2016 conference theme was Restoring Faith & Justice: In Pursuit of Empowering Our Communities. The twenty-two partners of the newly incorporated Consortium were represented by a panel: Mary Liz Stewart, the leader and Co-Chair in the establishment of the Consortium, and a Co-Founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., presented a PowerPoint outlining the rationale, mission, and vision of URCNYS, as well as the partner locations across the state. Peter Bunten (Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project in Poughkeepsie NY), Jacqueline Madison (North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association and The North Star Underground Railroad Museum in Ausable Chasm NY), Paul Stewart (Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence in Albany NY), and Dorothy Willsey (Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro NY) provided information on the activities and the ongoing work at partner sites. Thony shared David and Ruth Anderson’s description of the AKWAABA: The Heritage Associates, Inc. program in Rochester NY.

The MHAHP is one of the 22 founding members of the Coalition. The mission of the Underground Railroad Consortium is to advance and promote New York State’s  historic role in the Underground Railroad movement. For more information on the Consortium, contact Mary Liz Stewart at For information on MHAHP’s role in the Consortium, contact Peter Bunten at

Please join us for our upcoming meeting! The MHAHP will meet on Monday, April 27th, from 7 – 8:30pm. We meet at the First Congregational Church, 269 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Meeting of the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project

Monday, April 27, 2015

First Congregational Church, Poughkeepsie, NY

7:00 pm

I. Roll Call

II. Approval of Minutes of February 16, 2015 Meeting

III. Financial Report

a. Balances

b. Book Sales

c. 2015 Budget

IV. Bylaws Review

V. 2015 Program Updates

a. Dutchess Antislavery Singers

b. Underground Railroad Consortium

c. New Website

d. Research

e. Speaker Program

f. Other

VI. Election of Officers / Committee Assignments

VII. New Business

VIII. Next Meetings

* Monday, May 18

* Monday, June 22



Agenda for January 26th Meeting

Monday, January 26, 2015
First Congregational Church, Poughkeepsie, NY, 7:00 pm

I. Roll Call

II. Approval of Minutes of December 8, 2014 Meeting

III. Financial Report
a. Balances
b. Book Sales

IV. Organization Changes
a. Bylaws Review and 501 (c) (3)
b. Independent Organization

V. 2015 Program Updates and Proposals
a. Dutchess Antislavery Singers
b. Underground Railroad Consortium
c. New Website
d. Book Printing
e. Participation in Local History Events
f. MHAHP Sponsored Events and Speakers
g. Research
h. Publicity
i. Other

VI. New Business

VII. 2015 Meeting Calendar
a. Next Meeting: February 23, 2015