Peterboro EVENTS

Wednesdays - August 4 to September 22

Abolition, Underground Railroad, and Women’s Rights - Series

Wednesdays 4-6 pm - Smithfield Community Center


Eight part series with Norman K. Dann PhD, author of books on Gerrit Smith and family:

Aug 4      I     Peter Smith: Furs, Land, and Anguish

Aug 11   II    Era and the Issues

Aug 18   III   Gerrit Smith: The Practical Dreamer

Aug 25   IV    Ann Carroll Fitzhugh Smith: Support Services Agent

Sept   1   V    Elizabeth Smith Miller: Quiet Advocate

Sept   8  VI   Greene Smith: Rebel and Outdoorsman

Sept 15  VII  Cousins of Reform: Smith and Stanton

Sept 22  VIII Underground Railroad


Presented by GSENHL at the Smithfield Community Center

5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134

August 16 - 26, 2021


Online Event: 


National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum Youtube Channel


Programs will be uploaded daily online starting August 16, 2021

Created by Victoria Basulto, Colgate University Graduate and Upstate Institute Fellow.

Funded by the Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship 




11th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day

Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark


Saturday, August 7, 2021 


In its continued effort to emulate the Emancipation Days celebrated in the 1920s and 1930s in Peterboro by previous generations, the GSENHL Emancipation Day Committee is planning a recovery-from-Covid event that has some of the usual elements with some changes.


Schedule and Details here



Agitate! Agitate! Agitate! The Great Fugitive Slave Law Convention and Its Rare Daguerreotype

Saturday, August 21, 2021 @ 2 p.m.

Cazenovia Convention  

Cummings Theatre, Cazenovia NY


Hugh C. Humphreys presents “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate! The Great Fugitive Slave Law Convention and Its Rare Daguerreotype  


Co-Hosts: Cazenovia Heritage, GSENHL, & NAHOF.


The Thirteenth Amendment

Sat   September 18, 2021

Constitution Day: The Thirteenth Amendment

NAHOF Online


XIII Amendment and the fourteen words that allow prisoners to be used as enslaved persons.


Restart SCC 200 MORE

Saturday, September 25, 2021   2 pm Restart SCC 200 MORE

Smithfield Community Center


The Covid-hijacked campaign to preserve the Smithfield Community Center will start again

Within these Walls: Milton C. Sernett PhD  

Evans Academy: Donna Dorrance Burdick

Oral Histories of a 200 Year Old Community Building: Matthew Urtz



160th Anniversary of the Jerry Rescue


A former enslaved person is rescued from imprisonment by the Fugitive Slave Law.


NAHOF Online


Madison County Anti-Racism Collaborative

Smithfield Community Center


Saturday , October 23, 2021 @ 2 pm


-Presentations of anti-racism efforts in county, region, state, and nationally. 

-Launch of Power of Pens Campaigns

-Announcement of Madison County Teen Abolitionists

-Introduction of interactive abolitionist self-assessment


Peterboro Mercantile Re-Opens

Gerrit Smith Estate Visitors Center

Sunday, November 7, 2021 @ 2 pm  



Annual Watch Night for Emancipation



Bloomer Tea

Postponed two years to Sat. September 24, 2022 which is the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Smith Miller, the advocate for the healthy bloomer.

What I  (Elizabeth Smith Miller) learned in Peterboro

 Miller’s cousin, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, will be the guest of honor as portrayed by Melinda Grube. 


Keynote speaker  Leigh Fought PhD, Lemoyne College Department of History, will speak on her prize-winning book Women in the World of Frederick Douglass


Jody Luce will give a presentation on Fashion History


To Book:

 Smithfield Community Center

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