The amazing story of Harriet Tubman and her relationship with the hamlet of Peterboro will be one of several programs at the 10th annual Emancipation Days.
On Saturday, Aug. 3, descendants of freedom seekers from slavery, as well as the public, are invited to the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark to learn about the Three Harriets, extraordinary women associated with abolitionist Gerrit Smith and Peterboro, among them Harriet Tubman. At 3:15 p.m., Dr. Kate Clifford Larson will present Harriet Tubman: Relaxing in Peterboro, an account of Harriet Tubman’s times spent in Peterboro.
Larson is a leading Harriet Tubman scholar and the author of the critically acclaimed biography, "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero" (2004). She has worked as a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous public history initiatives related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland, Delaware, and New York, and is currently a consulting historian for Maryland’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State and National Historical Park and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and All American Road. She is currently completing an Historic Resource Study for the Tubman National Monument and Park in Maryland.
An author, historian, and consultant with a doctorate from the University of New Hampshire, Larson specializes in 19th and 20th century U.S. women’s and African American history. Larson has appeared on national television and radio programs and is a frequent guest speaker and instructor at professional development workshops for teachers including National Endowment for the Humanities and Teaching American History programs.