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February 27, 2010 - Encore

Back, by popular demand, Bryan Thompson speaks at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association.


"Who's Under That Load of Hay?"

The Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad in St Lawrence County

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: Our Historian shares abolitionist-movement research. Article from the Watertown Daily Times: Bryan Thompson discusses county's role.


Historian Wins State Archives Award

10/06/2009 Albany, NY
The Board of Regents and the State Archives have selected Bryan Thompson, the Town of De Kalb Historian, to receive the 2009 Bruce W. Dearstyne Annual Archives Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership, and creativity in encouraging and promoting the use of local government historical records for elementary and secondary education. Read more...


Theodore Roosevelt in Dekalb
Paul Stillman will perform his first-person historical interpretation of Teddy Roosevelt at the Dekalb Meetinghouse Museum, 696 East Dekalb Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the program about the president's lifetime of adventures camping, hiking and working to preserve the Adirondack wilderness. For information, call 347-2178.

Amnesia: Abolitionists and Black Pioneers of the St. Lawrence

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(9 min. 30 sec.)

De Kalb Historian Bryan Thompson researched the lives of a number of African-Americans who lived in the North Country in the 19th century. He learned that there was a strong abolitionist movement in the region before the Civil War and both slaves and free African Americans lived in the North Country in the early 1800s.

Todd Moe of North Country Radio interviewed Bryan for Black History Month and as publicity for a talk he gave at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton, NY, called "Amnesia: Abolitionists and Black Pioneers of the St. Lawrence."

Friday, June 12, 2009 - Historian's Website in the Watertown Daily Times
Sat., April 25, 2009, 7 PM at the Meetinghouse Museum, East De Kalb.
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David Anderson, recipient of the Zora Neil Thurston Award for story telling from the National Association of Black Story Tellers, will perform, “A Time in the Life of Fredrick Douglass and Sheilds Green, an Underground Railroad Dramatization."

Admission is pass-the-hat, no one turned away for lack of funds. The Meetinghouse Museum is located at 696 East De Kalb Road adjacent to the Hermon-De Kalb Central School just off US Route 11. For further information call 347-2178 or click here to email.

As the story opens: In October, 1859, well-known abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, once more confronts a crisis: there is a warrant calling for his arrest, and friend and ally John Brown has been captured by soldiers and marines. Also in custody is Shields Green, a little known figure, who until recruited by Brown for the raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal, helped at the Underground Railroad station at Douglass’s home.

David Anderson has performed in various reenactments through out the United States. He is founder of BlackstorytellingLeague of Rochester, Inc. and of Akwaaba: the Heritage Associates Inc., interpreters of African American cultural heritage. He co-directed the 18th Annual National Black Story telling festival and Conference in 2000. He chairs the Rochester/Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission. He has published numerous books, his most recent being, “Jump Up and Say.” He is currently writing a book on Austin Steward, who spent 22 years in chattel slavery, before taking his freedom, and fostering Afro-Rochester. He has been the recipient of many awards including the Zora Neal Hurston Award for story telling.

This event made possible in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization program administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St Lawrence counties by the St Lawrence County Arts Council


Underground Railroad in Edwards

April 8th at 7:00 PM, at the Hepburn Library on Main Street, Edwards

This article by Benjamin J. Baker, features information about an upcoming presentation, given by De Kalb Historian Bryan Thompson, on the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement in St. Lawrence County. The event was coordinated by the De Kalb Historical and Edwards Historical Society’s in conjunction with the Hepburn Library. Published by the Gouverneur Times Online, April 2, 2009

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