Hartwick to Host First in Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Event September 10

September 9, 2011

Hartwick College will host the first Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10, on the third floor of the college's Stevens-German Library. As part of the Flight to Freedom Festival, illustrator, puppet maker and cabinet maker George Hymas will be joined by Ann Stewart of the Cooperstown Museum Studies Graduate Program for a reading and puppet presentation. The pair will tell the story of Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped to freedom as a passenger of the Underground Railroad.

Director of the Stevens-German Library Paul Coleman, Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews, and Hartwick students and guests also will present readings from children's books. An exhibit of Civil War prints, documentary film, local folklore discussion and other offerings will take place as a tribute to the Oneonta area's contribution to the anti-slavery movement and the Underground railroad.

The events are part of Diverse Voices and Faces of the Civil War, a symposium of events to take place through April 2012. September's events also will feature an exhibit opening of Oneonta and the Civil War and fiddler Kathy Shimberg and friends from 2 to 4 p.m., September 18, at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.

  • Other symposium events throughout the academic year will include:
  • Presentations by Hartwick faculty and students
  • An online display of images and documents preserved by Hartwick students, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees
  • Course tie-ins
  • Financing the Civil War exhibit by Associate Professor of Accounting Penny Wightman
  • Flight to Freedom: Oneonta's Role in the Underground Railroad, a presentation by Matthews at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society at 7 p.m. October 17
  • Student field trips to Gettysburg and sites in Cayuga County
  • Campus participation in the USCTI and ASFD mini-conference November 4-6
  • An evening of storytelling, poems and songs about the Civil War
  • Second Annual Civil War Veterans Memorial Illumination at three area cemeteries, 6-10 p.m., November 5
  • Musical presentations by Redeeming Love, a repertoire of anti-slavery songs. 1 p.m. November 12 at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society and 7 p.m. February 16 in Eaton Lounge on the Hartwick campus
  • Panel discussions
  • Harriet Tubman Civil War Dinner Discussion
  • Issac Newton Arnold Day -- A Tribute to the Role of Historic Personalities of the Hartwick Seminary and Academy in the Anti-Slavery Movement, Abolitionism and the Civil War
  • American Society of Freedmen Descendants meeting and graveside salute to Cato Freedom

More information about symposium exhibits, discussions and presentations will be available prior to the events.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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