10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration Open

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Open House at the HTUGRR Visitor Center
(Exibits not on display, but you may walk the building and grounds)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Light Lunch at Chesapeake College

12:30 PM -- 1:00 PM

1:00 PM -- 2:00 PM
Keynote - Dr. Margaret Washington, Cornell University

"Abolitionist Triumvirate: the Conductor, the Poet and the Sojourner in the Age of Emancipation"
Sponsored by: National Park Service, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Heritage Park

This presentation will highlight Harriet Tubman, Frances Ellen Watkins and Sojourner Truth through the prism of their activism in the 1850's.  Passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law represented a turning point in the abolitionist movement, and these three African American women were deeply influential as abolitionism shifted into high gear.  Tubman's gutsy Underground Railroad work, Watkins' eloquent pen, and Truth's moving oratory captured the imagination of progressive Americans at a moment when antislavery energy, like the political arena, was moving from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic and Western states. Most historians call this era the "political crisis of the 1850's."  However, the individual, collective and noteworthy daring of Harriet, Frances and Sojourner reveal another narrative; that a social movement was underway, and that the 1850's began the "age of emancipation."


2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Workshop Session 1

Workshop Title Presenter
Effect of Slave Catching and Kidnapping on African Americans and the Response of Communities Diggins, Milt
The Rev. Samuel Green and his Underground Railroad Network in East New Market, MD Johnson, Hershel Panel
Unsung African American Women Word Warriors Broadnax, Lavonda
Defining Freedom: Maryland’s Manumissions and Certificates of Freedom Seyler, Allison
They Learn Very Fast: Freedmen's Bureau Schools in the Upper South Herrin, Dean

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Workshop Session 2

Workshop Title Presenter
Arrival from Hoopersville: James Cain & Harriet Tubman, where Water Moves Us Hesser, Phil
Harriet Tubman in the Civil War: Nurse, Scout and Spy Kumbia, Nia
Entwined: Robert Bell's Book of Slave Statistics Maurer, M. Carol
Message or Myth: Quilts on the Underground Railroad Soderberg, Susan Cooke
Laying the Tracks for the Undergroound Railroad:  Warner Miflin’s Legacy in Delmarva McDowell, Mike

5:00 PM
Reception at the Harriet Tubman Museum
Sponsored by: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

6:30 PM
Celebration Banquet Dinner
Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church

Saturday, June 4 2016

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome, exhibits, Continental Breakfast at Chesapeake College
Saturday Registration

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM


Keynote Speaker
David Schafer, M.A.
Interpreter, National Park Service
Keynote Title: A Glorious Consummation: Col. James Montgomery, Harriet Tubman, and the Combahee River Raid
Sponsored by: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Workshop Session 1

Workshop Title Presenter
Nature's Story in the Underground Railroad Houghton, Jenny
Thomas & Rachel Mendinhall Garrett Family and Faith Connections to Freedom in Pennsylvania Seeley, Robert
Prisoner S146-The Story of Samuel Green's 1857 Imprisonment in the MD Davies, Sharon
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center: Past, Present, and Future Paterra, Dana & Robert
African American Genealogy: Busting through that 1870 Wall Burton, S. Pilar

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch on your own

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Workshop Session 2

Workshop Title Presenter
The Elevator Music to Freedom and Other Journeys Dashield/Johnson Girls
First Lieutenant William D. Matthews: A Black Officer in the Army of Freedom Shafer, David
Emily Saunders Plummer: An Ordinary/Extraordinary Enslaved Woman’s Story Ryan & Fowler
Shoulder Arms! Marching from Wye House to Freedom: A Kellum Family Roll Call, 19th to 21st Century, Talbot County, MD Caudell, Robin
Hotbed of Abolitionism:  Utica, New York 1833 - 1836

Sinnott, Deirdre

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Workshop Session 3

Workshop Title Presenter
The Underground Railroad in New York City-The Big Meaning Then, The Big Meaning to Us Now Tarrow, Devorah
Pvt. Thomas Woolford in Spite of the Odds Small, Clara
Teaching about Slavery through Art and Artifacts Cornish, Kim
Leonard A. Grimes: Free Black Champion of Freedom Lee, Deborah
Free Black Women on Maryland's Eastern Shore: Four Women, Four Stories Smith-Weldon, Laura

Wrap up and wishing you a safe trip home

Exhibits/displays available throughout the conference in the College Library

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