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Rebecca Edwards to Address New

Race Unity Circle Organization

Rebecca Edwards, Eloise Ellery Professor of History at Vassar College, will address the next meeting of the Race Unity Circle, being held at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center on Wednesday, February 24th. Ms. Edwards, co-founder and current Secretary of the MHAHP, will speak on the topic of “Slavery and Abolition in the Hudson Valley.” This meeting is the last of four during February celebrating held by the Circle to celebrate Black History Month.

The Race Unity Circle, formed recently, describes its mission as follows:

“The Race Unity Circle grew out of an urgent call to action felt by a few members of the Baha’i Faith in response to the news coming out of Ferguson, Missouri. Though started by Baha’is, the Circle quickly became multi-cultural and multi-faith.

“We believe that all people are members of one race: the Human Race. The elimination of racism from our communities is not just an aspiration; it is a spiritual imperative that requires sustained, persistent action.

“THEREFORE: we resolve that the Race Unity Circle will organize events and activities, individually and collectively, that support the vision of the Oneness of Humanity and collaborate with other organizations and individuals who do the same.”

The meeting begins at 7pm. The Heritage Center is located at 317 Main Street. Please join us!!

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



MHAHP at Esopus Library

On Friday, February 20 at 6 pm, join us for a talk about MHAHP’s work, “Researching the Underground Railroad in the Hudson Valley,” at the Esopus Public Library, Port Ewen.  Hope to see you there.

New Book on UGRR History

You may be interested in this New York Times report on a new book by distinguished historian Eric Foner, on the history of the Underground Railroad.

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