Vassar College Professor Holds “History Harvest” on Slavery

Recently, Rebecca Edwards, a professor of history at Vassar College and chair of the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project, held what was called a history harvest. Residents of the community were invited to bring in letters, historical documents, photographs, and other items relating to slavery or the Underground Railroad in Dutchess County, New York. Technicians with scanners were available to make digital copies of the items on the spot so visitors to the history harvest could take their documents home with them.

There also was the opportunity to record oral history accounts relating to slavery through either audio- or videotape.