The Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project introduces students to the field of family research, as well as the study of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War.
Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad heroine and Civil War personality, was introduced to the American public by Sarah Bradford’s 1869 book, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. Six years earlier, Tubman’s biography had appeared in the Anglo-African newspaper published in New York. A facsimile of the article is included within the Matthews Collection for the Preservation of Freedom Journey Classics, a privately owned collection that supports the work of the United States Colored Troops Institute at Hartwick College.
Participating students develop research skills by following a prescribed format for investigation. In honor of Harriet Tubman, who had an abiding devotion to family, the members of the Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project explorer their individual family histories through a common experience.
Through the HTMP, students are introduced to the heroine through a unique experience. They explore:
- Self-awareness of personal histories, values, and beliefs;
- The impact of heritage on one’s leadership style;
- The process by which individuals of similar and different backgrounds forge a common identity;
- The organization of strategies for progressive change.
All Hartwick students are eligible to apply for participation in the Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project. A maximum of 25 students will be enrolled at a time.
Students will receive certificates upon completion of the project. Participants must attend:
- Six two-hour dinner meetings;
- One six-hour Pluralism Associates League for Students (PALS) Leadership Seminar;
- Four one-hour cultural programs.
Additional time may be required to complete a task or for participation in a field trip.
During 2013-2014, Hartwick Harriet Tubman Mentors conducted research which is presented in the publication Stories Our Mothers Told Us: A Search for Roots.