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Watch Night for the Emancipation Proclamation

Once again, in honor of President Lincoln’s January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, and Gerrit Smith’s connection to the copy of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in the New York State Library, Owen Corpin will provide a program and prepare the watch fire for the Watch Night commemoration at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2016. Corpin organized the first Peterboro Watch Night for the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. The program will begin at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134 and will move to the watch fire site on the Peterboro Green. Retired Navy Commander Owen Corpin, a descendant of 19th Century freedom seekers who came to Peterboro, will describe the long wait through the night of December 31, 1862. 

The public is encouraged to join in this free observance of the 1862 Watch Night. Dress warmly! Bring a flashlight! The Deli on the Green will be open until 7 p.m.

For more information: Owen Corpin at 315-750-6561 or nahofm1835@gmail.comhttp://www.gerritsmith.org/calendar/2016-peterboro-heritage-calendar


March on Washington    
Remembering the March on Washington 1963
presented by 
Tim McLaughlin PhD

2 pm     Saturday    June 18, 2016

at the
CHANGING AMERICA Exhibit: Emancipation Proclamation 1863 & the March on Washington 1963 exhibit
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum
5255 Pleasant Valley Road    PO 55
Peterboro NY 13134

Searching for Memories of the March on Washington in 1963


The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) will present a program at 2 pm Saturday, June 18 about the March on Washington August 28, 1963 to accompany the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963. The exhibit arrived in Peterboro on June 1st and was installed for an opening program on June 4. NAHOF extends a special invitation to people who have memories of the March to bring those recollections, experiences, souvenirs, etc. to the program to share.


Tim McLaughlin PhD, professor emeritus Cazenovia College and Vice-President of NAHOF will describe the Changing America project that commemorates two pivotal achievements on their 150th and 50th anniversaries. One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, yet the events are profoundly linked together in a larger story of liberty and the American experience. Both were the result of people demanding justice. Both grew out of decades of bold action, resistance, organization, and vision.


The Changing America project was created to commemorate these two events. The Emancipation Proclamation committed the nation to ending slavery after tens of thousands of African Americans claimed freedom for themselves during the Civil War. In the years following, the U.S. Congress passed constitutional amendments abolishing slavery, expanding citizenship rights, and giving black men the right to vote. On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the biggest demonstration ever seen in the District of Columbia—a demonstration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Millions of people around the world watched the march on television. Marchers came in buses, trains, cars, trucks, airplanes, and on foot, from all over the country, to demand that the commitments of 1863 be fulfilled for all Americans. Representatives of many races, classes, and ideologies prayed together, listened to electrifying speeches and stirring music, and called on people to work together to make the nation's founding principles of liberty and equality a reality for all.


The traveling exhibition is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The development and tour of Changing America are made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Exploring the human endeavor. The public is encouraged to attend the Changing America exhibit and program at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134. Admission is free. For more information: 315-280-8828nahofm1835@gmail.com,www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org.



Submitted by

Dorothy Willsey         315-684-3262             dwillsey@twcny.rr.com