The congregation, formed in 1878 and incorporated in 1880, worshiped in a private residence at River and Court streets until a bequest of $500 from Watertown resident Henry Gaines enabled them to build a new church. [Read more…] about Historic Watertown Black Church Being Preserved
Niagara Falls and nearby Lewiston in Western New York were a U.S. endpoint for self-emancipating formerly enslaved people fleeing to Canada before and during the Civil War. [Read more…] about The Cataract House at Niagara Falls: A Slaves’ Portal to Freedom
Central New York communities that flourished with canal-related development and rail connections throughout the 19th century also became hotbeds for religious and social movements of the early 1800s as the area’s population rapidly grew.
Religious freedom granted by the United States Bill of Rights combined with rapid societal and technological changes experienced by Americans living through western expansion fueled an American spiritual movement that was exemplified in the newly opened frontier of New York. [Read more…] about Social and Religious Movements in Central New York
The visit appears in few historical sources, no doubt because it was long-held belief that it was not wise to identify Underground Railroad agents or their locations as a precaution against pro-slavery advocates attacking them. [Read more…] about Frederick Douglass & Oneonta’s Underground Railroad
Working alongside prominent abolitionist Charles Turner Torrey, the two men encouraged those enslaved to flee north and helped create what is believed to be the first organized line of the Underground Railroad. [Read more…] about Flee North! Thomas Smallwood & The Early Underground Railroad
Recently retired Cornell University Professor Gerard Aching will present on his research and coordination of the Underground Railroad Research Project, which highlights the extensive roots of the network in Central New York, Western New York, and the Finger Lakes Region. [Read more…] about New Digital Resources for Underground Railroad History Research
A $2 million state grant will help launch the expansion of the Underground Railroad Education Center (UREC), which is currently housed in the former 19th-century home of Black abolitionists Harriet and Stephen Myers, a onetime stop on the Underground Railroad located in Albany‘s Arbor Hill neighborhood. [Read more…] about Albany Underground Railroad Center Receives $2 Million Grant
The United Order of Tents Eastern District #3, the oldest Black women’s fraternal organization in the United States, has received a grant from the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The fund’s grants are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as homes, museums, and landscapes that represent African American cultural heritage. [Read more…] about United Order of Tents Wins Historic Preservation Grant
Few villages in New York State can lay claim to as rich a heritage as Rouses Point, and like the oft-used real-estate axiom says, there are three primary reasons — location, location, location.
As New York’s northeasternmost village, Rouses Point can be found at the north end of Lake Champlain. Bordering on Canada to the north and Vermont to the east, for decades it was a shipping and transportation crossroads, serving both water and rail traffic. [Read more…] about Rouses Point: A Northern New York Crossroads