2007 Underground Railroad Discussion Groups

PROGRAMS TAKE PLACE THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

Dive deeper into the Underground Railroad. Hear about recent

research and enjoy presentations from guest speakers talking on cutting

edge topics in our local heritage. There will be ample time to join

other interested individuals in open discussion with the presenters.

Much is accomplished when people gather together. Public

gatherings in the 1800’s were instrumental in the Anti-Slavery Movement.

These Discussion Groups are just one of the ways CASS acts as a

catalyst for civic engagement, giving people a reason to come together.

Whether you are a resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania or a

welcome visitor, come... sit a spell and dig deeper into our history.

Uncover this powerful, forgotten story.

BEST SUITED FOR ADULTS - MAY NOT FIT THE INTEREST LEVELS OF YOUNGER CHILDREN.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MAJOR FUNDING PARTNERS FOR THESE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Saturday, February 3, 2007

GUEST SPEAKER:

Madame Denise Dennis,

Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust

TOPIC:

Gershom Prince and Bristol Budd Sampson: Northeastern Pennsylvania's African

American Patriots of the Revolutionary

War

10:00 am - Noon

Barnes & Noble Booksellers,

Arena Hub Plaza,

Wilkes-Barre PA

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Hughes Library

1002 North 9th Street,

Stroudsburg PA

Madame Denise Dennis grew up in

Wilkes-Barre and is the author of three books, Black History for Beginners, A Century of Greatness, and

co-author of the novel Becoming

His Father's Son. She is a

direct descendant of Judith and Prince

Perkins, free African Americans who were

one of the first families to come from

Connecticut to northeastern Pennsylvania

and build homes and settlements, arriving in

1793. Today, Ms. Dennis serves as President of the

Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, which

was established to preserve the history

and natural environment of the Dennis

Farm in Susquehanna County where her

family first settled, and which has

remained theirs to the present.

Madame Dennis will be discussing her

rich heritage, specifically that of her

ancestors - patriots of the

Revolutionary War.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

GUEST SPEAKER:

Cynthia Wooden,

The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies

TOPIC:

Northeast Women Mobilize:

The Soldiers' Aide Society,

Precursor to the American Red Cross

10:00 am - Noon

The Catlin House

Lackawanna Historical Society

232 Monroe Avenue

Scranton PA

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Downtown Grounds

42 Church Street

Montrose PA

In honor of Women's History Month,

Cynthia brings forth the little-known

history of how the women of this region

mobilized during the time of our

nation's greatest struggle and effected

great change that would eventually reach

a national level.

Cynthia is the secretary of the Board of

Directors for the Center for

Anti-Slavery Studies and is active in

preserving this region's history. In addition to her work with CASS, she

has worked with the Susquehanna County

Historical Society to research and

develop a series of walking tours of

historic Montrose, Susquehanna County's

seat.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

GUEST SPEAKER:

Brenda W. Cave-James

TOPIC:

The Reverend Jermaine W. Loguen:

The New York UGRR King's Activities in Pennsylvania

10:00 am - Noon

Barnes & Noble Booksellers,

Arena Hub Plaza,

Wilkes-Barre PA

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Hughes Library

1002 North 9th Street,

Stroudsburg PA

Although Brenda now resides in southern New York state, her

ancestors hailed from Northeastern Pennsylvania, stemming back to a

marriage between a gentleman from New Milford (who had escaped from

slavery) and a lady from the Clark family of Clarks Summit.

Brenda has studied the activities of the "New York Underground

Railroad King", Reverend Jermain Loguen and will be discussing his

activities in both Pennsylvania (where he pastored the AME Zion Church

in Montrose) and New York. Your eyes will truly be opened to this

region's importance on the Underground Railroad once you hear of this

remarkable man and his activities.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

GUEST SPEAKER:

Robert Veleker,

The Endless Mountains Heritage Region

TOPIC:

Projects That Succeed:

The Importance of Heritage Project

Development

10:00 am - Noon

Barnes & Noble Booksellers,

Arena Hub Plaza,

Wilkes-Barre PA

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2:00 - 4:00 pm

Hughes Library

1002 North 9th Street,

Stroudsburg PA

Bob is the Executive Director of the

Endless Mountains Heritage Region. The EMHR specializes in leading projects

toward success by providing funding,

technical assistance and strategic

guidance from concept to implementation.

Even if you are not involved in a

heritage project, this program will be

intriguing to you. You'll begin to

understand how communities go about

identifying and preserving their

priceless heritage assets before they

are lost to time. You'll also see

that history needs an audience, and how

we can bring history to the people more

effectively.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

GUEST SPEAKER:

Constance Wynn, R.A.C.E. Team

(Rediscovering Ancestry through Culture & Education)

TOPIC:

The Life of Emerson Moss:

An African American In Wilkes-Barre

10:00 am - Noon

Barnes & Noble Booksellers,

Arena Hub Plaza,

Wilkes-Barre PA

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Hughes Library

1002 North 9th Street,

Stroudsburg PA

Emerson I. Moss was a prominent citizen of Luzerne County and the

author of the book, African Americans in the Wyoming Valley:

1778-1990.

Perhaps no one is more qualified to speak on the life of Emerson

Moss than his niece, Constance Wynn. Constance was Emerson's

companion and loving caretaker during the last years of his life.

She continues his work of preserving the vital history of the Wyoming

Valley's elderly citizens of color before they pass on. This

program will touch and inspire you as you hear of this incredible

family's lives and legacy.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

GUEST SPEAKER:

Karen James,

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

TOPIC:

The State of Underground Railroad Research in Pennsylvania

10:00 am - Noon

The Catlin House

Lackawanna Historical Society

232 Monroe Avenue

Scranton PA

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Downtown Grounds

42 Church Street

Montrose PA

Perhaps no one has made such an impact on Underground Railroad

research in Pennsylvania as Karen James. As the PHMC's coordinator

of UGRR in the state, Karen has worked tirelessly traveling across the

Commonwealth to educate people in the value of putting scholarship back

into the Underground Railroad.

With her no-nonsense approach to this history, Karen continues to

research, educate and raise the bar - determined to eradicate the myths

and misconceptions that have plagued Underground Railroad in the

past. Karen certainly has her finger on the pulse of what is going

on in the state and this will most certainly be an interesting and

stimulating discussion that you won't want to miss!

Acknowledgements

These discussion groups are a Public Program of “The Place I Call

Home.” CASS gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders and our community partners.

Special thanks to these specific partners for making this series of Discussion Groups available to the public at no charge.

 


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