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SUBMITTED by Edie & Bruce Farrington, Neighborhood Association (8-Mar-2011)

North Star Shining: New York State's Freedom Trail - An Illustrated Journey Along the Underground Railroad

A lecture by Milton C. Sernett.

New York State, and especially upstate's old "burned-over" district, was fertile soil for the flowering of abolitionism. This illustrated talk places the story of the Underground Railroad in the context of the religious and reform movements of the pre-Civil War period, including endeavors such as the temperance crusade and the women's rights campaign. Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Harriet Tubman, Beriah Green and many others come to center stage, as do important events such as the "Jerry Rescue" in Syracuse in 1851. Audiences are encouraged to share their local stories of "Freedom's Trail."

Date & Time: Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:00 pm
Location: Sodus Point Community Center, 8356 Bay St., Sodus Point, NY
Host: Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point

This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Speakers in the Humanities program has linked distinguished scholars with diverse audiences since its launch in 1983, bringing the best in humanities scholarship to thousands of people at hundreds of cultural organizations in virtually every corner of New York State. This program is just one of the ways the New York Council for the Humanities helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation.

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