Scheduled speakers at the United States Colored Troops Institute and Society of Freedmen Descendants mini-conference.

USCTI & American Society of Freedmen Descendants Plans Mini-Conference

October 27, 2011

As part of Hartwick College's commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the US Civil War, the United States Colored Troops Institute and Society of Freedmen Descendants will host a mini-conference at the College November 4-5.

On Friday, November 4 the U.S. Colored Troops Institute at Hartwick College will be dedicated as a facility of the National Parks Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Hartwick College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs will issue the official welcome. The event will also include readings by students, and a libation to the ancestors, as well as special guest Sheri Jackson, Northeast Regional Coordinator of the NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The event will be held in Room 101 of Bresee Hall on the Hartwick College campus.

Following the dedication, an opening dinner will be held in the Chesebro Room, Dewar Union. The dinner will also feature a recognition of Fellows and Senior Fellows of the American Society of Freedmen Descendants - a group dedicated to respecting the societal contributions of enslaved Americans. The special guest for the dinner will by 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.

The mini-conference will continue on Saturday, November 5, will a full day of events. The morning session, to be held in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, will feature "Family Research Stories about the Anti-Slavery Movement, Underground Railroad and the Civil War." Presenters include: Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associate Dean and Director US Pluralism Programs at Hartwick College; Darlene Colón, member, Pennsylvania Past Players of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Tourism, Lancaster, PA; and Sylvia Cooke Martin, board member, Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities.

The afternoon session, also in Eaton Lounge, will include presentations from: Madeline O. Scott, Amherst/Buffalo, NY; Dr. Cherry R. Baylor, retired school teacher and preservationist, Hempstead, NY; and Ruth E. Hodge, Retired Archivist, U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle, PA.

Participation in the workshop is limited to 40 members. Registration is free for students, but a $28 registration fee will be assessed to others to cover the cost of meals. Attendees will receive a personal certificate during Saturday's concluding dinner. To register, or for more information, contact Matthews at or 607-431-4428. Additional information can be found at

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