COME VISIT US
NAHOFM hosts various events throughout the year
November 21, 2019: A Celebration of Abolition in Central New York
Join us to celebrate the life of Harriet Tubman and the history of the abolitionist movement right here in Madison County. There's a full day of celebrations planned:
4pm: Storytime and Crafts for Kids (Hamilton Public Library, 13 Broad Street, Hamilton)
6:30pm: Presentation by Kate Clifford-Larson, PhD, author of Harriet Tubman (Colgate Bookstore, 3 Utica Street, Hamilton)
8pm: Screening of Harriet (Hamilton Movie Theater, 7 Lebanon Street, Hamilton). Ticket required for film - purchase here or at the door
Learn more here and see the event poster here.
**POSTPONED - date TBD** (originally scheduled for October 26) : Forum on Reparations - H.R. 40
Hamilton College Chapel, 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323,
Join the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum at the Hamilton College Chapel for a forum on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. This act has been reintroduced in Congress every year since 1989 and aims for four things: the acknowledgement of the injustice done to African Americans during slavery, the establishment of a commission to acknowledge and study the effects of slavery, that this commission would also study how these effects impact living African Americans, and that this commission would then make recommendations to Congress for any and all reparations needed.
November 1 & 2, 2019: Women's Rights and Justice in New York State, Past and Present Conference
Matilda Joslyn Gage Center & Holiday Inn (Syracuse)
Registration and more information here
Join NAHOFM in attending the Women's Rights and Justice in New York State, Past and Present Conference, hosted by the Women's Rights Alliance of New York State. This conference is the fourth installment of annual conferences held by the Women's Rights Alliance of New York State over the past four years in preparation for the centennial of women's suffrage in 2020. The purpose of the conferences is to promote history of women's rights in New York State, how that history has impacted women's rights throughout the United States, and how that history sets the stage for continuing the unfinished work of women's rights. More details to come - visit wyranys.org.
August 21, 2019 - September 2, 2019: NYS Fair
Art and Home Centre, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, NY, 13209
Come visit NAHOFM at the state fair! We will be hosting an exhibit and displays in the Art and Home Center hosted by the partners of the Underground Railroad Consortium of NYS. Each day at 2pm different partners will present programs - click here for more information. Book tickets to the state fair here. Check out some photos from our installation at the 2018 NYS Fair below!
August 3 & 4, 2019: Tenth Annual Peterboro Emancipation Days
Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, 5304 Oxbow Road, Peterboro 13134
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro 13134
Join descendants of freedom seekers from slavery, the public, NAHOFM, and the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (GSENHL) in commemorating the emancipation of slavery in the 19th century. Donation for admission. Click here for more information about the day.
9:30am: Registration at GSENHL (5304 Oxbow Road, Peterboro 13134)
10am: Assembly, Photo and Processional to Cemetery to Lay Wreaths
1:15pm: Harriet Powel: Escapee from Slavery on the Underground Railroad, presented by JJ Citron & Norman K. Dann, PhD @ The Barn, GSENHL
2:15pm: Harriet Russell: Enslavement to Freedom, presented by Donna Burdick, Town of Smithfield Historian @ The Barn, GSENHL
3:15pm: Harriet Tubman: Relaxing in Peterboro, presented by Kate Larson, PhD @ The Barn, GSENHL
12:30pm: Convening at the Upper Lisle Cemetery for Emily Russell, daughter of Harriet Russell
July 13, 2019: Possessing Harriet Returns to Stage
Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, 5304 Oxbow Road, Peterboro 13134
The riveting drama Possessing Harriet that debuted at Syracuse Stage in October 2018 (see event below) will be presented at the Franklin Stage Company in Franklin, NY. The Smithfield Community Association and Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (GSENHL) have arranged a day of programming for the play.
11am: Guided tour of GSENHL, the original site where Harriet Powel and Elizabeth Cady met and the setting of the play
12:30pm: Coach will depart from Peterboro. During the journey, guests will see playwright Kyle Bass' A Playwrights Journey and learn background information about the characters of the play.
3:pm: Coach will arrives in Franklin for the matinee
7pm: Coach returns to Peterboro.
For more information click here.
May 18, 2019: Ann Smith inducted into Hagerstown Memorial Park
Memorial Park, MD-65, Hagerstown 21740, MD
Ann Carroll Fitzhugh Smith of Peterboro NY will be inducted into the Circle of Achievement at Memorial Park in Hagerstown MD on Saturday, May 18. Ann Carroll Fitzhugh Smith provided consistent support for her family members in 19th Century human rights movements: working with her husband Gerritt Smith for the abolition for slavery, with daughter Elizabeth Smith Miller and granddaughter Anne Fitzhugh Miller for women's rights, and supported son Greene in environmental conservation efforts. The Smith family home, in Peterboro (the town where NAHOFM is located today) was an active Underground Railroad Site and haven for social reformers. Click here for more information about Ann and her induction. For more information about the Smith family, visit the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, located down the street from NAHOFM.
October 20 - 21, 2018: Induction Weekend
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, 5525 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro 13134
Join NAHOFM as we induct our 7th class of abolitionists into our National Abolition Hall of Fame. The abolitionists being honored at this year's induction are Frances E.W. Harper, Laura Smith Haviland, and Rev. Samuel J. May. The Inductee Committee recommended these three inductees to the NAHOF Cabinet of Freedom according to reviews of public nominations by scholars in the field. The public is invited to the afternoon Abolition Symposia, 19th c. Anti-Slavery Dinner, and the Induction Ceremonies. Registration is due by October 5 - click here to download a registration form.
October 19, 2018: Morrisville State College Diversity Conference
SUNY Morrisville, 80 Eaton St, Morrisville, NY 13408, USA
SUNY Morrisville, through its Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity, and in partnership with National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum as well as many others, will host Dr. Samuel Museus to lead us in conversations to develop campuses and communities where students, faculty, staff, and community members feel they have a sense of belonging and are represented throughout. Free admission. Find the schedule for the conference here.
October 17, 2018 - November 4, 2018: Possessing Harriet
Syracuse Stage, 820 E Genesee St, Syracuse 13210
Syracuse Stage is mounting a production of Possessing Harriet by award-winning playwright Kyle Bass. The play is based on the story of Harriet Powel: a young, mixed-race, enslaved woman. In Syracuse in 1839, Powell slipped away from her owner and eventually found refuge at the estate of abolitionist Gerrit Smith. As she waited to depart on the Underground Railroad, Powell conversed with Elizabeth Cady, outspoken advocate of women's rights and cousin of Gerrit Smith. Kyle Bass' Possessing Harriet imagines the conversation between these two women as they are both confronted with new ideas about race, womanhood, identity, and equality.
August 22, 2018 - September 3, 2018: NYS Fair
New York State Fair, Art and Home Centre, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, NY, 13209
Come visit NAHOFM at the state fair - we will have an exhibit on American Abolition! You can find us at the Art and Home Center in the Stickley Reception Room. The New York State Fair is an affordable, fun event that features food, exhibits, and entertainment.