County Historical Society’s Annual Picnic

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Dr. Judith Wellman will be the featured presenter during the Chautauqua County Historical Society's annual picnic, in collaboration with the Harmony Historical Society, on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Harmony Historical Society in Blockville.
Dr. Judith Wellman will be the featured presenter during the Chautauqua County Historical Society's annual picnic, in collaboration with the Harmony Historical Society, on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Harmony Historical Society in Blockville.
Dr. Judith Wellman will be the featured presenter during the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual picnic, in collaboration with the Harmony Historical Society, on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Harmony Historical Society in Blockville.

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Chautauqua County Historical Society

The Chautauqua County Historical Society will partner with the Harmony Historical Society in presenting a lecture from a nationally recognized researcher and historian on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Historian, educator, and author Judith Wellman, Ph. D, will present “The Underground Railroad in New York State: Changes Over Time” at the Harmony Historical Society grounds, located at 1943 Open Meadows Rd. in Blockville.

The presentation, which is part of the Town of Harmony’s bicentennial celebration, will also serve as the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual picnic. The picnic will begin at 6 p.m. with Wellman’s presentation tentatively set to begin at 7 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to learning more about the Underground Railroad and the role it played in our regional history through Dr. Wellman’s presentation,” noted historical society programming chair Jason Sample. “We also appreciate the time and effort put forward by our friends at the Harmony Historical Society in helping to organize and host this event, along with the other related events and activities connected to the town’s bicentennial celebration.”

Wellman currently serves as principal investigator of Historical New York Research Associates. She also holds the title of Professor Emerita at State University of New York at Oswego. She has more than 40 years of award-winning experience in research, teaching, cultural resource surveys, and grants administration in U.S. history, women’s history, Underground Railroad history, African American communities, and historic preservation.

With a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Wellman taught history at the State University of New York at Oswego from 1972 to 2010. In 2012, she held the Gretchen Hoadley Burke Chair in Regional Studies at Colgate University.

Wellman has worked as a consultant and principal investigator on award-winning projects with the National Park Service, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the U. S. Department of Education, the Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York State Office of Historic Preservation, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, National Public Radio, the U.S. Department of Education, the Weeksville Heritage Center, and a wide variety of local historical, genealogical, teachers, women’s, and preservation groups.

She’s also authored several books, including “Brooklyn’s Promised Land: Weeksville , a Free Black Community” (New York University Press, 2014), “The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement” (University of Illinois Press, 2004), and “Grassroots Reform in the Burned-over District of Upstate New York: Religion, Abolitionism and Democracy” (Garland Press, 2000).

In addition to Wellman’s presentation, a pot-luck dinner will also be provided to all who attend. The entire event is expected to last two hours.

The event will take place rain or shine and there is no cos to attend. Everyone who attends is encouraged to provide a dish to pass. Beverages (water, iced tea and coffee) and a complimentary meat dish will also be provided free of charge. As a result, attendees are asked to RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 so organizers can plan accordingly.

To make a reservation or for more information, call the Historical Society at (716) 326-2977 or email cchs@mcclurgmuseum.org.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Historical Society visit www.McClurgMuseum.org.