Special Lecture: When Freedom Calls - The Alsdorf Family and the Underground Railroad at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston

Tashae Smith, Education Coordinator at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, will explore the Alsdorf family’s successful musical lineage and their secret participation in the Underground Railroad. Smith will also highlight key individuals in Newburgh, NY who in some way, shape, or form were involved in the Underground Railroad or with the abolition of slavery in New York State and the United States as a whole. This special lecture will highlight aspects of Ms. Smith’s popular self-guided walking tour, entitled “In Washington’s Shadow,” which focuses on important aspects of African American history in the city of Newburgh.

Tashae Smith is a recent graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York where she majored in History and minored in Museum Studies. Ms. Smith was the Open Space Institute’s 2015 Barnabas McHenry Fellow for Historic Preservation. The McHenry Fellowship supported her work in partnership with Sound & Story of the Hudson Valley, Inc. to create “In Washington’s Shadow.” Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please visit www.hrmm.org.

For questions about this special lecture or future lectures, please contact Director of Education Sarah Wassberg Johnson.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2 pm
Riverport Wooden Boat School at Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
(845) 338-0071, ext. 16