USCTI & American Society of Freedmen Descendants Mini-Conference

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sheri Jackson Sylvia Cooke Martin

4:30-5:15 p.m. | Bresee Hall 101
Dedication of the U.S. Colored Troops Institute at Hartwick College as a Facility of the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, Special Guest: Sheri Jackson, Northeast Regional Coordinator, NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, including an official welcome by Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael G. Tannenbaum, readings by students, and Libation to the Ancestors.

5:30-7 p.m. | Chesebro Room, Dewar Union
Opening Dinner and Recognition of Fellows and Senior Fellows of American Society of Freedmen Descendants, Special Guest: Sylvia Cooke Martin, retired chief of staff training and development at the Library of Congress and board member of the Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities, Silver Springs, MD

Saturday, November 5, 2011

8-9 a.m. | Farrington Room, Dewar Union

9:15 a.m. to Noon | Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall
Family Research Stories about the Anti-Slavery Movement, Underground Railroad and the Civil War

Harry Bradshaw Matthews Darlene Colon Sylvia Martin Cook
  • 9:15 a.m. - Presentation One: Underground Railroad, Oneonta, Harry Bradshaw Matthews
  • 9:30 a.m. - Presentation Two: Christiania Riots in 1851, Darlene Colón, member, Pennsylvania Past Players of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Tourism, Lancaster, PA
  • 9:45 a.m. - Presentation Three: Community Preservation, Ellicott City, Sylvia Cooke Martin, board member, Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities
  • 10:15 a.m. - Presentation Four: Placing within Historical Context the Freedom Journey Mother Lucretia, her six children & half sister, Harry Bradshaw Matthews
  • 11:00 a.m. - Research Time: U.S. Pluralism Center, Bresee Hall 101

12:30-1:30 p.m. | Farrington Room, Dewar Union
Lunch with student dramatization and speaker

2 -4 p.m. | Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall
Workshops and Business Session

Madeline O. Scott Cherry R. Baylor Ruth Hodge
  • 2 p.m. - Presentation Five: Burning of the Colored Children's Asylum in 1863, Madeline O. Scott, Amherst/Buffalo, NY
  • 2:30 p.m. - Presentation Six: A School House for Freedmen, 1870-1925, Dr. Cherry R. Baylor, retired school teacher and preservationist, Hempstead, NY
  • 3 p.m. - Fellow and Senior Fellow Recommendations, Nominating New Inductees
  • 3:30 p.m. - Presentation Seven: Documenting Local History from Cemetery Records, Ruth E. Hodge, Retired Archivist, U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle, PA

5:30 p.m. | Chesebro Room, Dewar Union
Special Recognitions and Presentation of Personalized Civil War and Underground Railroad Certificates to Participants

*Mini-Conference enrollment is limited to between 30-40 participants. There is no cost for student participants, but $28 for others to help coverage the cost of four meals. All persons attending all the sessions on Friday and Saturday will be presented with a personal certificate at Saturday's dinner. Contact: