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19th century dinner and more among Peterboro Abolition Induction Weekend events

Posted 9/24/22

Peterboro Heritage sites invite the public to any and all parts of Abolition Induction Weekend, Oct. 21-23, with a focus on 19th century experiences.

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19th century dinner and more among Peterboro Abolition Induction Weekend events

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PETERBORO — Peterboro Heritage sites invite the public to any and all parts of Abolition Induction Weekend, Oct. 21-23, with a focus on 19th century experiences.

Guests can reflect while they walk the road of abolitionists on their way to the New York State Antislavery Convention, stand on bricks where the enslaved and the reformers stood, gaze at the site of a house that was a haven for freedom seekers and abolitionists, open the gate through which Harriet Tubman brought her mother for convalescence, smell the colors of the equality garden where bloomers were created, and so much more.

Special events will begin with a “Welsh Music and Poetry Tribute” to inductee Robert Everett at 7 p.m. Friday, October 21. The evening of music will be held in the Peterboro United Methodist Church.

The next morning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 22, Norman Dann, Ph.D., will provide a guided tour of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark Underground Railroad site.

At 5 p.m. in the building where the New York State Antislavery Society was formed in 1835, the Peterboro United Methodist Church will serve a 19th century box dinner with menu suggestions from Elizabeth Smith Miller’s “In the Kitchen” cookbook. The meal will include Peterboro cheddar cheese with hardtack crackers, fall vegetable pot pie with Greene Smith’s bird pie vent, mixed salad greens with fall fruits, caramelized winter squash and praline nuts, and individual apple crisps.

The inductions to the Abolition Hall of Fame of abolitionists Robert Everett, Calvin Fairbank, and Stephen Myers will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 22 in the Smithfield Community Center building, where the inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society was held October 22, 1835.

At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, October 23, walkers will register for the Abolitionist Freedom Walk reenacting the walk of 104 abolitionists who escaped the mob threats in Utica by hiring a lumber barge to transport them to Canastota — from there they walked to the antislavery meeting in Peterboro. The 2022 five-mile Freedom Walk will be from Canastota to Clockville and back to Canastota. Brief reenactments and interpretive sign unveilings will take place in Canastota and Clockville, as well as in Peterboro at 1 p.m. where reenactors Ann and Gerrit Smith will welcome abolitionists to a public reception in the safety of Peterboro.

 

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