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OF MANY VOICES: County Historian talk on Antislavery Reform

Of Many Voices: Antislavery Reform in Upstate New York, will be presented by Cayuga County Historian, Linda Frank on Sunday, June 8th at 2 PM at the Historic Mentz Church in Montezuma. This special talk is being hosted as part of the Montezuma Historical Society’s 8th Anniversary celebration. Prior to the talk election of officers for 2014-15 will be held at 1 PM. Members are invited to attend this portion of the gathering for the vote.  The program is being sponsored by the Lock 52 and Montezuma Historical Societies as a Path Through History event highlighting historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State.

Frank will share her research and perspective on the many avenues that antislavery reform took from the founding of the New York State Antislavery Society in 1835 through the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Often we imagined a united front of reformers all working together to end slavery in the United States. However, the reality was very different as conflicting perspectives on how to go about achieving that end often brought reformers to loggerheads. From religious reformers to abolition politics and from the Underground Railroad to the “Wide Awakes,” this talk will highlight the conflicts within the antislavery movement and the many voices working toward a common goal.

Civil War Sampler Quilt Raffle:

There will be tickets available for a raffle quilt to benefit the Weedsport Library made by the Heart to Hand Quilters drawn at the conclusion of the program.

The lucky winner will be the owner of a  sampler quilt which is a replica of Civil War block patterns and fabrics commemorating the anniversary of the Civil War.  The blocks and reproduction fabrics are based on a Civil War couple’s love letters, called Kisses From the Beloved. The background fabric contains wording of the Emancipation Proclamation. Based from a book by nationally known quilt designer, Jody Borrows, it reveals the unrest of the Civil War era that tore America apart and cost the lives of 750,000 from both sides. This quilt has many hours of piecing work involved in the making, and is sure to become an heirloom. Jody Russell of Cato donated the machine quilting done in a lovely flowing heart design pattern.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of Lock 52 Historical Society. Suggested admission donation is $5 for non-members.

2 Comments on “OF MANY VOICES: County Historian talk on Antislavery Reform

  1. Program sounds wonderful and well worth attending.

    • It was a wonderful event. Much thanks to Lock 52 and County Historian Linda Frank for her insightful presentation. The civil war quilt has gone to a good home; Linda Frank who has devoted much of her career to researching the Civil War era won it! Thank you to everyone who attended!

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