Norman Dann to speak in Vienna

The Historical Association of Vienna will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Vienna United Methodist Church, Rts. 14 and 49, North Bay at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend meetings and the guest speaker for the evening is Dr. Norman K. Dann of Peterboro. Dann holds a M.A. degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island and achieved his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Syracuse University. From 1966 to 1999, he was a professor at Morrisville State College and taught Political Science: U.S. Government, Psychology, Sociology, Survey of Social Sciences, Urban Sociology and Science and Society (Inter-disciplinary team). He currently is a member of the Madison County Historical Society, National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum Cabinet of Freedom and the Smithfield Community Association. He serves as a member of the Peterboro Civil War Weekend Committee and as Treasurer of the Peterboro Area Historical Society.

Dann will speak on "Gerrit Smith and the Crusade for Social Reform." His presentation will include a sketch of Smith's personal life and a survey of his work in the reform movements of temperance, women's rights and abolition. Publications include "Practical Dreamer: A Biography of Gerrit Smith," and "When We Get to Heaven: Runaway Slaves on the Road to Peterboro." These books will be available for your review and purchase after the presentation. As an historical note, the multi-talented Dann will bring examples of Peterboro Glass for your viewing.

A reception will be held after the presentation. The building is disabled accessible and there is always of plenty of free parking. For more information about the Association or presentation, call 245-1209.

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