Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:07

Underground Railroad Consortium Hosts Exhibits at 2019 NYS Fair

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Visitors engage in Myths of the Underground Railroad exhibit at the 2018 NYS Fair. Visitors engage in Myths of the Underground Railroad exhibit at the 2018 NYS Fair. Submitted photo

The partners of the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State are hosting an exhibit and displays in the Art and Home Center at the New York State Fair August 21 ~ September 2.

Programs will also be presented at 2 pm in the Empire Theatre. The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum from Peterboro will host on the first and last two days of The Fair. Matt MacVitte and Jeff Ludwig PhD, Seward House Museum in Auburn, will present Forged in Fire at 2 p.m. on August 21. The program looks at the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman through the lens of her relationship with the family of William H. Seward.

The Mid Hudson Antislavery Project, Poughkeepsie, will host on August 22 and John Brown Lives! Westport NY, will host the next day. On August 24 the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Stephen and Harriet Myers Home will host a display as well a performance of the original play Yours for the Oppressed, a drama about the Myers household. Collaborators with the Underground Railroad History project include Siena College and the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York.

Jan DeAmicis, co-Chair of the Oneida County Freedom Trail, Utica, will present Looking for Josh Howe: The Underground Railroad in Oneida County, New York August 25. On Equality Day August 26, docents and Girl Ambassadors from the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center in Fayetteville will host. At 2 pm an opera Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage: Scenes form Matilda Joslyn Gage opera by Persis Vehar will be performed by a large troupe of artists from the Society for New Music.

The Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, will host on August 27 and present The Jerry Rescue & Underground Railroad in Syracuse by Robert Searing. On August 28 Jim Hinman, Bristol Hill Church, Volney, will present Abolition Activity near Fulton NY at 2 pm and host the exhibit. The 1812 Farmington Quaker Meeting House in Farmington will host on August 29, and Judy Wellman PhD will present Equal Rights for All: 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House at 2pm. The next two days the Starr Clark Tin Shop will manage the Consortium exhibits.

The partner displays will change according to the featured host with a projected film on the Consortium. The Stickley Room has exhibits on the Underground Railroad, abolition, and interactive exhibits on Myths of the Underground Railroad, Inequities of Being Black, and Women’s Rights History. For more information: www.UndergroundRailroadNYS.org [email protected]

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