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Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

The Southside Community Center (305 S. Plain St., Ithaca), in conjunction with The History Center in Tompkins County, Historic Ithaca, and the 2018 Winter Recess Teacher Festival, presents a screening of the PhotoSynthesis Productions film Civil Warriors, a dramatization of four Ithacans who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War. Produced and directed by Deborah C. Hoard and Che Broadnax, the film explores the unique setting of the soldiers’ African American Southside community and connects to the larger struggle for civil rights at this pivotal point in national history. Winner of two independent film-festival awards, the drama illuminates the lives of African American soldiers and their families through first-person narration that resonates with the power of spoken word performance. A panel discussion will follow the film, and director Hoard will share a curriculum based on the C3 Framework for Social Studies that focuses on the concepts of storytelling and recovered history. Cost: $5 suggested donation supports the Southside Community Center’s programs.


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"Journey to the North; New York's Freedom Trail," traveling exhibit

Through the end of March, 2018 at The History Center in Tompkins County.

"Journey to the North" is a six-panel traveling exhibit about the Underground Railroad. This exhibit uses the story of one fictitious character to convey the real events experienced by many freedom seekers (escaped slaves) during their journey to freedom. Much of the narrative is told from the point of view of Sarah, a fifteen ­year ­old fictional escaped slave. As visitors read the text they are challenged to imagine themselves in her situation and faced with her decisions. This exhibition was developed for the New York State Historical Association by the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies. Co-sponsored by New York Council for the Humanities and Heritage New York. This exhibit is owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The idea to bring this Underground Railroad Exhibit here was seeded during a conversation among Leslyn McBean-Claiborne (Greater Ithaca Activities Center), Rod Howe (The History Center) and Nydia Blas (Southside Community Center) as they met to discuss Black History Month collaboration opportunities. Financial support for this opportunity was provided by the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Friends Center for Racial Justice and the First Baptist Church of Ithaca.

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