“Declaring Liberty: Pennsylvanians Between Abolition and Civil Rights”–
A Free Symposium Presented by The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA, April 4, 2001--As part of its celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will present a free symposium Monday, April 30, titled “Declaring Liberty: Pennsylvanians Between Abolition and Civil Rights.” The symposium will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, and will show how abolitionist ideas went beyond emancipation to inform other movements. It will consist of four sessions:
Liberty’s Contested Debut: The Pennsylvania Abolition Society—Panelists: Philip Lapsansky, Chief of Reference, The Library Company of Philadelphia; Julie Winch, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Boston ; Hannah Geffert, Professor of Political Science, Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va.. Comments: Jean R. Soderland, Professor of History, Lehigh University.
Liberty and Equality?: The Civil Rights Years—Panelists: Clayborne Carson, Professor of History, Stanford University, and Director, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project; Raymond O. Arsenault, Professor of History, University of South Florida; Matthew Countryman, Assistant Professor of History and American Culture, University of Michigan. Comments: Thomas J. Sugrue, Bicentennial Class of 1940 Professor of History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania.
Liberty Transported and Transformed—Panelists: Anastasia Curwood, Ph.D. candidate, Princeton University; Hugh Davis, Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University. Comments: Robert Engs, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania.
A Stitch in Time—Singing group Seven Quilts for Seven Sisters will use quilts and songs to show how religious beliefs, family unity and slavery were reflected in the art of quilt making.
At a 6:30 p.m. reception following the symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to view the Society’s exhibition “Forging Freedom: the Influence of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society on Civil Rights and Humanitarian Movements.” The papers of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society are housed at the Historical Society.
To reserve a seat at the symposium call 215-732-6200 ext. 412.
For more information visit the Historical Society’s web site at www.hsp.org or call 215-732-6200.
Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States and holds historical materials of national importance. It is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has excellent printed collections on local and regional history, and offers a manuscript collection renowned for its 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century holdings.
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