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SUBMITTED by Vicky Daly, Village of Palmyra (30-Sep-2010)

The Village of Palmyra is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 21, 2010, Dr. Judith Wellman will speak on The Struggle for Equal Rights in America: The Underground Railroad, Abolition and African American Life in Wayne County in the Palmyra Village Hall, 144 East Main Street. Dr. Welllman’s talk, the first in this year’s 9th Period History Class Series, will begin at 7:00 PM. The series of preservation related presentations is sponsored by the Palmyra Historic Preservation Commission.

Judith Wellman

Judith Wellman, Ph.D., is Historian and Principal Investigator, Historical New York Research Associates, and Professor Emerita, State University of New York at Oswego. She has forty years of award-winning experience in research, teaching, cultural resource surveys, and grants administration. She specializes in nineteenth century America, women’s history, the Underground Railroad and African American life, and historic preservation. She teaches two online courses through the SUNY Learning Network and the State University of New York at Oswego: "Doing History Locally" and “Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism.”

Judith Wellman has worked as a consultant and principal investigator on award-winning projects with the National Park Service, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, U.S. Department of Education, Preservation League of New York State, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Office of Historic Preservation, New York Council for the Humanities, Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, National Public Radio, Society for the Preservation of Weeksville, Heritage New York, Harriet Tubman Home, county historians throughout New York State, and a wide variety of local historical, genealogical, teachers, women’s, and preservation groups. She has also published extensively.

Awards include the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commissioner’s Award for Historic Preservation (2008), Preservation Association of Central New York Award for Preservation Advocacy (2008), Seneca County Historian’s award for outstanding work relating to Seneca County History (2006), New York State Board of Regents Local Historian of the Year Award (2006), American Association of State and Local History Project of Excellence Award for Survey of Sites Relating to the Underground, Abolitionism, and African American Life in Cayuga County, New York (2005), City of Auburn, Key to the City, for Survey of Sites Relating to the Underground, Abolitionism, and African American Life in Cayuga County, New York (2005), Preservation Association of Central New York Award for Excellence in Education (2004), Heritage Foundation of Oswego Volunteer of the Year Award (2003), John Ben Snow Award, Syracuse University Press (1988).

Books include The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Beginning of the Women's Rights Movement (Urbana. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2004), Grassroots Reform in the Burned-over District of Upstate New York: Religion, Abolitionism and Democracy. New York: Garland Press, 2000), Landmarks of Oswego County, Editor. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1988.

Websites with samples of Wellman’s Underground Railroad surveys include:

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