The Schoharie County Historical Society will be hosting an educational series and book club discussion on the book Discovering the Forgotten History of African Americans in Schoharie County starting on Thursday, October 21st at at the Schoharie Presbyterian Church. The series will continue monthly through April 2022.
When local author, historian, and community activist John “Jack” Daniels first published his book Discovering the Forgotten History of African Americans in Schoharie County in 1999 he sought to dig into what he believed to be a rich history that had hardly been touched in previous interpretations of Schoharie County’s past.
Spanning more than two centuries, the book begins its exploration into the history of black people in Schoharie County in the early 1700s and continues with a timeline encompassing wars, local agriculture, schools, churches, abolition, businesses, genealogy, and more.
The series will kick off on Thursday, October 21st at 7 pm with a welcome and introduction by Katherine Hawkins, a close friend of Jack’s and active member of Peacemakers of Schoharie County, who made possible the fourth reprint of Jack’s book.
On Thursday, November 18th, Schoharie County Historical Society Genealogist Catherine Adams will lead a discussion on chapters one and two of the book, taking a closer look at the origins of black people in the county utilizing primary sources, census records, and family groups.
Additional programs with Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart and local historian Peter Lindemann will be held on Thursdays December 16th, January 20th, February 17th, and March 24th.
For more information on how you can get copies of the book or how to take part virtually, call the Old Stone Fort Museum and Schoharie County Historical Society at (518) 295-7192. To be added to the mailing list for program reminders and additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org.