A tribute to the African American soldiers and white officers who enlisted from New York during the Civil War. The events of the Symposium began last June and continue through May 1998. The remaining events include:
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: U.S. Colored Troops Commemorative; "Soldiers for Justice" theme, with Rev. Calvin Butts of NYC's Abyssinian Baptist Church, Keynote Speaker; NYS Armory, Oneonta.
Emancipation Memorial Ball, Agora, Hartwick College, Oneonta - tickets $15 per person; honoring the 126th anniversary of a similar ball held in Otsego County during 1872.
Selected presentations from a "call for papers" have been determined, with notices to selected presenters in the mail. Anticipating that all will accept, the schedule will appear similar or exactly to the following:
|1:00 pm - 3:00 pm||Conference Registration and Room Check-in, Morris Conference Center - SUNY Oneonta|
|3:10 pm - 3:30 pm||Welcoming Remarks - Craven Lounge - City of Oneonta CCR&HR Representatives Government & Conference Representatives|
|5:00 pm - 6:00 pm||Opening Presentation - Craven Lounge - Sylvia Cooke Martin, McNair Scholars Program Coordinator, University of Maryland - Baltimore County - "The Other Side of USCT: Blacks Who Served the Confederacy."|
|6:10 pm - 11:30 pm||Opening Dinner and Social - Otsego Grille.|
|7:00 am - 8:00 am||Buffet Breakfast, Otsego Grille|
|8:00 am - 8:50 am||"From Cuff to Cobus: Alexander Coventry, M.D. and His Slaves 1789-1827" - Prof. Willie F. Page, CUNY Brooklyn College|
|9:00 am - 9:50 am||"Bundles of Sticks': Representations and Symbols of African American Families and Lives as Genesis of Black Quindaro, KCK" - Prof Nancy-Elizabeth Fitch, College of New Rochelle (NY)|
|10:00 am - 10:50 am||"The African Soldiers of the Indian Home Guards. A History of Forgotten Civil War Soldiers" - Angela Y. Walton-Raji, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, University of Maryland - Baltimore County|
|11:00 am - 11:50 am||"African American History of Delaware and Otsego Counties, New York: 1827 Through the Civil War" - Leigh Eckmair, Jim Havener, Shirley Houck, Hugh MacDougall, Francis Lynch, Harry B. Matthews|
|Noon - 1:30 pm||Lunch, Otsego Grille - Guest Speaker TBA|
|2:00 pm - 2:50 pm||"In History Before the People: The Role of African American Women During the Civil War" - Prof Ella Forbes, Temple University (PA)|
|3:00 pm - 3:50 pm||"Colored Volunteers of Maryland, Civil War 7th Regiment United States Colored Troops, 1863- 1866" - Agnes Kane Callum, Historian (MD)|
|4:00 pm - 4:50 pm||"Name Changing After the Civil War: A Case Study of Three USCT Regiments from SC - John Raymond Gourdin, Historian (MD)|
|6:30 pm - 11:30 pm||Banquet and Social, Otsego Grille|
|8:00 am - 8:30 am||Informal Prayer Service - Craven Lounge, SUNY Oneonta|
|8:00 am - 8:45 am||Check-out from Morris Complex/Drive to Hartwick College|
|9:00 am - 9:45 am||Breakfast in the Commons - Dewar Hall, Hartwick College|
|10:00 am - 10:45 am||"The Bartons: African-American Civil War Soldiers" - LeRoy H. Carter (PA)|
|11:00 am - 11:45 am||"Publishing Your Family History," - Roland Barksdale- Hall (PA)|
|Noon - 12:50 pm||"They Also Answered the Calarion Call: Black Civil War Soldiers from Wayne County, New York," - Marjory Allen Perez, Director Wayne County Office of Tourism|
|1:00 pm - 2:00 pm||Lunch and Deliberations Re: American Society of Freedmen Descendants, Agora, Dewar Hall - HBM|
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
Friday and Saturday there will be exhibit rooms at the Morris Conference Complex for participants and presenters to share "RARE" personal items of the period covered by the conference. ALL ITEMS TO BE DISPLAYED ON TABLES MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED AT THE CONFERENCE & NUMBERED BY ME. ONLY OWNERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REMOVE THEIR RESPECTIVE ITEMS. BECAUSE OF SPACE, AND TO ALLOW MAXIMUM SHARING, EACH OWNER WILL BE LIMITED AS TO THE NUMBER OF ITEMS DISPLAYED.
Sunday after lunch presenters and participants will have the opportunity to view Hartwick College's exhibit, "Toward A New Jerusalem: Utopian Visions and Rural Education at Hartwick Seminary, 1797-1927" - HBM will share Hartwick College's and the local region's role during the Abolitionist period.
Final registration materials will be mailed out through February, including the following information:
OPTION 1 - THE EARLY BIRD CONFERENCE RATE: The Morris Hall Conference Center is offering 75 spaces in double occupancy at the rate of $25.00 per person per night (with a guarantee of two nights of availability for $50.00). In addition, the conference fee of $120.00 will include conference materials, an opening dinner, two breakfasts, 2 luncheons, and one banquet dinner. To receive this total conference package at $170.00 per person, reservations must be received no later than March 1, 1998. This offer is on a "first come" basis. Please complete a separate registration form for each person. Checks should be made payable to "Hartwick College" (noting "Early Bird Conference Rate.").
OPTION 2: - EARLY BIRD STUDENT RATE: A fulltime student can obtain the "Early Bird Student Rate" at the cost of $105.00, which covers all mentioned in Option 1. To receive this offer, the student must provide proof as a fulltime student. Checks should be made payable to "Hartwick College" (noting Option 2).
OPTION 3: - GENERAL CONFERENCE RATE: The Morris Hall Conference Center will offer any available spaces after March 2, 1998 to conference participants at the double occupancy rate of $25.00 per person per night. In addition, the Conference rate remains at $120.00 as mentioned in Option 1. The total cost, therefore, for Option 3 will be determined by the availability of rooms at the Morris Center. Please call Harry Bradshaw Matthews at 607-431-4428 or Tammy Babcock at 607-431-4414 ASAP between March 2-April 3rd, 1998. Checks should be made out to "Hartwick College" (noting Option 3).
OPTION 4: CONFERENCE RATE ONLY: The cost to participants receiving the above noted meals and conference materials (excluding housing) will be $120.00, payable to "Hartwick College" (noting Conference Rate Only).
REGULAR HOTE RATE: Single room rates at Oneonta hotels and motels generally range between $65.00 - $75.00 per night. Three recommended hotels are 1) Holiday Inn, Rt. 23, Southside, Oneonta - 607-433-2250 or 1-800-HOLIDAY; Christopher's Country Lodge, Rt. 23, Oneonta, 607-432-2444; Master Hosts Inn, Rt. 7, Oneonta, 607-432-1280.
For further information or to receive a mailing regarding the conference please contact Harry Bradshaw Matthews:
FAX : 607-431-4328
Phone: 607-431-4062 or 607-431-4428
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
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