Kyle Bass, the playwright of Possessing Harriet, is set to present Inventing Gerrit Smith: A Playwright’s Journey, for the annual recognition of abolitionist Gerrit Smith’s birth in 1797, on Saturday, March 2nd at 1 pm at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro, NY. [Read more…] about Abolitionist Gerrit Smith and a Playwright’s Journey
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum have announced their scheduled 2019 Black History events.
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was proposed on January 31, 1865 and ratified on December 6, 1865. The long-sought abolition of slavery is among the shortest worded amendments. It states in the first sentence of the first section: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States. [Read more…] about Peterboro Heritage’s 2019 Black History Events
Retired Naval Commander Owen Corpin has once again arranged the annual Watch Night in Peterboro on Monday, December 31, 2018 to commemorate the wait on December 31st, 1862 through the night to see if President Abraham Lincoln would release the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on the first day of January 1863.
The free program begins at 11:30 am on Monday, December 31, at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro, at which time a copy of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation from the NYS Museum will be on exhibit. [Read more…] about Emancipation Proclamation Watch Night New Year’s Eve
The National Abolition Hall and Fame and Museum in Peterboro, Madison County, is set to hold its annual 19th Century Heritage Dinner at 5 pm, Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro.
Michaels’s Fine Foods and Spirits will cater the dinner inspired by menus from a local cookbook with older recipes selected from people in the Peterboro area. [Read more…] about 19th Century Abolition Heritage Dinner In Peterboro
Samuel J. May is set to be inducted to the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at ceremonies held at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro.
At 3:30 pm Roger Hiemstra will present a program on May during the afternoon Abolition Symposia, and at the 7 pm Induction Ceremonies Mary Louise Edwards will officially nominate May to the Hall of Fame, and sponsors will unveil May’s banner which will be installed in the Hall of Fame. A second May banner will also be available for outreach exhibits. [Read more…] about Samuel J. May Inducted to Abolition Hall of Fame
A Congressional Pilgrimage organized by the Faith and Politics Institute made its first stop at heritage sites in Peterboro NY. Congress Members Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY) joined the Faith and Politics Institute (FPI) to host a first-ever pilgrimage exploring the confluence of two significant freedom movements with deep roots in New York State: the abolition movement and women’s suffrage. The 2018 American Experience Pilgrimage took place July 20 through July 22, with the group visiting Auburn, Peterboro, Seneca Falls, Canandaigua and Rochester. [Read more…] about Congressional Pilgrimage Visits Historic Peterboro
After the morning Gathering at 10 am Saturday, August 4, 2018 for the 9th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark in Peterboro, the annual processional will carry two wreaths to the cemetery to lay on the graves of persons “Born a Slave, Died a Free Woman.”
At 2 pm Jacob Donovan-Colin will present The Evolution of Slavery and the Heroes Who Fight It: Discussions of My Travels from Peterboro and the Home of Gerrit Smith to Montgomery AL and the Home of the Equal Justice Initiative. Colin will share images and purposes of his April trip to volunteer at the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). He will discuss the importance of the history of Gerrit Smith and why it is relevant today, why people should still care about that history, and what it means today. [Read more…] about Annual ‘Emancipation Day’ Events In Peterboro August 4
The 9th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day has been set for Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark.
The annual gathering begins at 10 am on the grounds of the Gerrit Smith Estate. Co-chairs Jim Corpin, Carrie Martin, and Max Smith will welcome the public and lead the program. Following the Gathering, two wreaths will be carried to the Peterboro Cemetery in a public procession. [Read more…] about 9th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day Event
On Saturday, March 3rd at 12:30 pm, Norm Dann will describe and sign his new book Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land, and Anguish at the Smithfield Community Center in Peterboro, Madison County, NY.
In the preface of his new book, Dann hypothesizes why there has not been a published biography. Also in the preface Dann explains that his intent of this work is to focus, not so much on what Smith did, but to examine the kind of person that Smith was and how that influenced what he did. Investigating Smith in this way presents him as a tragic figure in the classical sense. [Read more…] about Peterboro’s Peter Smith: Furs, Land, and Anguish
Retired Navy Commander Owen Corpin will again host the annual Peterboro Watch Night at 4 pm Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road.
Watch Night is held by the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in commemoration of the long wait through the night of December 31, 1862 to see if President Abraham Lincoln would issue the Emancipation Proclamation on the first day of 1863. [Read more…] about Lincoln Document At Emancipation Watch Night