Tuesday, June 01, 2010
The National Abolition Museum & Hall of Fame in Peterboro, NY, has been nominated to receive $250,000 in the Pepsi RefreshEverything grant! This is a great honor for Pepsi! ;) You can vote everyday at this link. Please do. Part of the winning money would go toward creating more modules for the museum-- and we're all in favor of that! Here's a quick video I discovered about the museum.
The NAHOF Museum is designed to educate the general public about the abolitionists of the 19th century, to provide a location for the scholarly study of the abolition movement, and to remind people that there is still work to do!
The museum modules will allow for shifting themes and the integration of technology. For example, the Abolitionist Means: Proclaiming Liberty module may feature excerpts of Frederick Douglass' newspaper The North Star and an opportunity to view a re-enactment of his "4th of July" speech in February, and then be modified in March to introduce visitors to Lydia Maria Child's National Anti-Slavery Standard and poetry.
We visited Peterboro and the Gerrit Smith historical site a year ago. Nothing was open. :( We'd also like to see more museum open hours!
I have researched the life of Gerrit Smith and have written about his abolition work. You can read a few of my articles:
Gerrit Smith Estate, Peterboro, NY
Madison County Historical Society Visit, Part One and Part Two
The Old Main, or Utica Lunatic Asylum, Utica, NY
Hamilton, Smith, and the Turning Stone Casino
Please vote for the museum! It's for a very worthy cause. It costs you nothing to vote, but you do need to create an account at Pepsi, which took me only a minute to do. Pepsi says that they will not spam you with acne treatment cream and stuff!
Go vote! Voting ends on June 30th!