We invite you to learn more about the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad in Tug Hill and the North Country by joining the Tug Hill Commission for a new historical three-part webinar series. Several 19th century abolitionists with land on Tug Hill and the North Country worked to free enslaved people by providing them safe passage north, fighting for their legal rights, and offering them land to till. The North Country was an important part of the trek north on the Underground Railroad with several sites serving as stations for rest and safety. In the first half of the 19th century a settlement was created to provide land to formerly enslaved people so that they could own land and, ideally, gain the right to vote as landowners. Much of this history is hidden in archives and on the land itself.
Based on the popularity of the Constable Chronicles and Letters from a Tug Hill Logger webinar series, the commission has continued to reach out to partners to highlight unique regional history. Anyone interested in local history, from historians, local leaders, Tug Hill residents and those with Tug Hill ties that have moved away can join from the comfort of their own homes. Individual registration links are provided below (click the flyer image), in the flyer above (click the individual webinars) and can also be found at Upcoming Workshops – NEW YORK STATE (tughill.org). Descriptions and details for each webinar can be found below.
The Rise and Fall of the Florence Settlement
Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The Underground Railroad: Routes Through the North Country
Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
A Well-perfected Organization: The Underground Railroad in Oneida County, NY
Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 07:00 p.m. Eastern Time