ICYMI: Peterboro UMC invites public to Black History Month service

The Peterboro United Methodist Church is having a special service of worship in observance of Black History Month at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in the sanctuary at 5240 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro. Rev. Christiane Depestre invites all to attend this significant event.

The guest speaker will be Norman K. Dann, Ph.D., who […]

Save the Date: Peterboro Civil War Weekend is June 8 and 9

A unit of 12th Regiment U.S. Infantry, Co. A, the military host of the 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend, assembles on the green.

Visitors at the 21st annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend can walk in the civilian camps and observe domestic fashions, daily duties, and recreational activities.

Historic exhibits and demonstrations at the annual […]

Four Abolitionists Named to Hall of Fame

(Peterboro, NY – Jan. 2013) On Jan. 31, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was proposed to the legislatures of the states by the 38th Congress and, by the end of that year, the amendment was ratified: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist within the United States, or […]

Watch Night for Emancipation in Peterboro

African Americans watch through the night of Dec. 31, 1862, for the coming of the Emancipation Proclamation that would deliver them from a life of physical bondage into a life of freedom Jan. 1, 1863. Peterboro will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Watch Night with programs and a watch fire Dec. 31 at […]

Help get the Abolition Hall of Fame to the Second Floor

(Peterboro, NY – Dec. 2012) To celebrate its 85th anniversary the Central New York Community Foundation has awarded $8,500 for three quarters of 2012 to organizations in Madison and Onondaga counties, and has now opened voting for the fourth and final award.

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is on the list for […]

Volunteer Spotlight on: Tisha Lock

Volunteer Services Alliance of Madison County

Location of organization in Madison County: Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, Peterboro, NY

1. Who do you volunteer for? (What organization)

I volunteer at the Peterboro Mercantile, a community heritage gift shop at the Visitor Center for the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition […]

Songs of Abolitionist Singers is Oct. 19

(Hamilton, NY – Oct. 2012) On Friday Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. the First Baptist Church in Hamilton will host the Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers of Milford, NH. Performers Steve Blunt and Amy Conley will showcase the lives and music of the prominent abolitionist singers from the mid-19th century.

This event […]

New York State Historian is Keynote Speaker at Annual Dinner

(Hamilton, NY – Sept. 2012) Robert Weible, State Historian of New York and Chief Curator of the New York State Museum, will provide the keynote address at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) annual dinner at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in the Hall of Presidents at Colgate University in Hamilton.

Weible’s […]

Madison County Represented at Governor’s ‘Path through History’ Conference

Pictured are Robert Weible (NYS Historian and Chief Curator of the NYS Museum) and Matthew Urtz (Madison County Historian) discuss edits for a Central Region iconic Thruway sign proposed at Governor Cuomo’s PATH through HISTORY conference Aug. 28 at the Empire State Plaza.

(Albany, NY – Aug. 2012) Governor Cuomo formally unveiled his “Path through […]

Close Out Summer Vacation and Enter to Win an I-Pad at Madison County Museums

(Madison County, NY – Aug. 2012) With only a few weeks left in summer vacation, time is running short to pile your kids in the car, and get your Cultural and Heritage Tourism Passports stamped at participating museums and historic sites in Madison County.

Twelve cultural and historic sites across Madison County have banded together […]

Shiffer to Conduct in Hometown for Hometown Day


Paul Shiffer conducts the Canastota Community Band. The Band will present the annual concert for Peterboro Hometown Day at 7 p.m. in Peterboro.

(Peterboro, NY – Aug. 2012) Peterboro resident Paul Shiffer was on the committee to organize the first Peterboro Hometown Day for the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department. In those early years, […]

A Black American’s View on the Fourth of July


On July 1 at 2 p.m. at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, David A. Anderson Ph.D., visiting scholar at Nazareth College of Rochester will present an oration of Douglass’ speech asking what Independence Day means to the American slave. Anderson is an interpreter of living history through reenactments that […]