National Abolition
Hall of Fame
and Museum
2016 Events
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum Events

 

Join us for our next event: 

National Hall of Fame and Museum INDUCTIONS (Class of 2016) on October 22, 2016

 

Program/Date Description:

Saturday

December 31 4pm

Watch Night-Watch Fire for Emancipation

Commander Owen Corpin 

@ the Smithfield Community Center and On the Green

Saturday

October 22

@ the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in the Smithfield Community Center

National Hall of Fame and Museum INDUCTIONS (Class of 2016)

1pm Abolition Symposia

  • John Gregg Fee
  • Beriah Green
  • Angelina Grimke
  • James W.C. Pennington

5pm Antislavery Dinner

7pm Induction Ceremonies

September 25 2PM      

@ the Smithfield Community Center

"Ballots, Bloomers, and Marmalade: The Life of Elizabeth Smith Miller"

Presentor: Norman K. Dann PhD

August 6

10:30AM, 2:00pm

 

 

August 7

10am

 

 

7th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day

  • 10:30am: Assembly, Laundry Legacy Photo, Cemetary Procession
  • 2:00pm: National Park Service Centennial Gerrit Smith Estate: Underground Railrad Site Recognized with National Park Service Stamp

 

Community Conversation: What Can We Do About Racism?

[@ the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark]

 

 

July 24, 10-6pm

Peterboro Hometown Day, On the Green

Resisting the New Jim Crow

2 PM Saturday

July 9, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9 the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) will host the culminating event for its CHANGING AMERICA exhibit and programs: a Community Conversation on the subject of "Resisting the New Jim Crow."  NAHOF invites the public to join in sharing thoughts about the ways to engage in the work of racial justice at this time. This conversation will aim to help each be active, in many small ways, in standing together to work toward an end to such things as the school-to-prison pipeline, police brutality, and the legacy of white supremacy that still perpetuates racism and de-values black lives.  Following the Civil War, despite the enactment of the13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, state and local governments enforced laws that included racial segregation in restrooms, restaurants, schools, housing, and transportation. These unjust regulations were called Jim Crow laws. (“Jim Crow” had become a pejorative word for African-Americans in the early 1800s.) Most of these laws were overturned by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The “New Jim Crow” practices are renewed attempts at discrimination and repression since the Civil Rights laws. Given continued American racism and NAHOF’s mission tohonor antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery, and the legacy of that struggle, and strive to complete the second and ongoing abolition – the moral conviction to end racism, the session will identify actions that Central New Yorkers can begin the next day and ways in which participants can ‘March on Central New York’ as 21st century abolitionists. 

 

Drea Finley will be the lead facilitator of the community conversation. Finley is a member of the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum and is co-chair of its Cultural Diversity Committee. In her working life, Finley serves as an Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising and Director of First Generation Programs at Colgate University. Finley is also a Masters student at Syracuse University in the Higher Education Cultural Foundations Program. As an activist; she writes and speaks often on race and racism and their intersections with other identities and systems of oppression. 

 

Deirdre Sinnott, writer and activist, will also be facilitating. She has presented on the Utica's role in the history of the abolition movement at: Harriet Tubman 2016 Underground Railroad Conference, Cambridge, MD; Oneida County Historical Society, Utica, NY; Bluestockings Bookstore, Manhattan; Adams Antiquarian Book Shop, Hobart, NY; Otisville Correctional Facility's Black History Month Celebration, Otisville, NY. She conceived and organized the 2015 Commemoration of Utica's Abolition History Day at Hope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in home of Utica's oldest African-American congregation, on the 180th anniversary of the Utica Riot against the founding of the New York Anti-Slavery Society. Sinnott is presently writing a novel set in Utica in 1835. 

 

Other members of the Cabinet of Freedom (NAHOF governing board) who will join in the discussion include: Norman K. Dann PhD, researcher and author of Gerrit Smith, and Tim McLaughlin PhD, Vice-President and Project Director for the Changing America exhibit and programs. Jordan Henderson, 2016 Colgate University Upstate Fellow at NAHOF, will also be part of the NAHOF presenters.

 

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, a national traveling exhibition which explores the relationship between two great people’s movements for equal rights, opened at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF)  at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134 on Saturday, June 4, 2016. NAHOF is one of fifty sites in the country awarded this special exhibit. Changing America examines the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both events grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in the larger story of a struggle for liberty which brought together different races, classes and ideologies and had a profound impact on the generations that followed.

The Changing America traveling exhibition is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The development and tour of Changing America are made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Exploring the human endeavor. The public is encouraged to attend the Changing America exhibit and program at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134.

Admission is free. For more information: 315-280-8828.

 

July 3, 2:00pm

Rochester Discovers a New Image of Frederick Douglass

Rochester Discovers a New Image of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass is returning to Peterboro, or, at least a newly found image of the famous abolitionist is, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016! Douglass, considered “the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American,” has many well-known images. However, this year, during the week of his assumed birthday in 1818 (the second week in February) a librarian found an unfamiliar photograph buried in a scrapbook in the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division. The image was revealed to the public at a news conference a few days later and the story of the image will be revealed in Peterboro by Christine Ridarsky.  Ridarsky will be bringing the photo with the scrapbook, in which the photo was found, and the video Rediscovering Frederick Douglass, which chronicles the story of finding and preserving the newly-found Douglass photograph.

Related Links/Files:

Document: What to the slave is the Fourth of July?By Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852

Changing America Exhibit

June 4-July 14

The Changing America exhibit is open from 1-5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and from 12 – 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays until July 14. The traveling exhibition is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The development and tour of Changing America are made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Exploring the human endeavor. The public is encouraged to attend the Changing America exhibit. Admission is free. 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   


 

 

 

 

 



 

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